Neuroradiologists are physicians trained in the areas of radiology and neurology, and provide care for patients with neurological disorders through the use of medical imaging techniques, such as CT scans.

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About Neuroradiology

Neuroradiology is a specialized field of radiology that works to identify and diagnose neurological diseases and disorders by using medical imaging equipment, such as X-rays or computerized tomography (CT) scans. Neuroradiologists are licensed physicians who are capable of scanning the central and peripheral nervous system, head, neck and spine in search of deformities, growths or irregularities that may signify a disease.

Physicians practicing neuroradiology often provide care as part of a multidisciplinary medical team that provides comprehensive care for those suffering from neurologic disorders. Neuroradiologists are often consulted by other physicians and specialists such as neurosurgeons, neurologists, internists and radiation therapists, among others.

As previously mentioned, neuroradiologists utilize a variety of different imaging techniques when diagnosing patients. These imaging modalities include radiography (including fluoroscopy and angiography), CT scans, sonography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and at times, nuclear medicine techniques. The results of these and other diagnostic tests are interpreted by the neuroradiologist through procedures such as angiographies, which allow for a precise diagnosis. Neuroradiologists often play a vital role in diagnosing and identifying disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, strokes, tumors, genetic neurological conditions and aneurysms, among other neurological afflictions.

Neuroradiology Education & Training

Training to become a neuroradiologist requires many years of post-secondary education, commencing with a four year undergraduate degree. Following completion of an undergraduate degree, the student must complete a four year medical education resulting in an MD or DO degree. After medical school, the student must enter into a four to five year residency in radiology. During a radiology residency, the physician is trained in the interpretation of a wide range of medical imaging tests and procedures.

After completing the residency program, the physician complete a one to two year fellowship in neuroradiology. During the fellowship, the physician is trained by experienced neuroradiologists in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders through the use of medical imaging equipment and radiation techniques. Most neuroradiologists pursue a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) certificate in neuroradiology from the American Board of Radiology after becoming board certified in diagnostic radiology. Neuroradiologists must be licensed in the state(s) in which they practice.