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Similar to your primary care physician, your imaging specialist has a M.D. degree.  Additionally, each radiologist spends anywhere from five to seven years after medical school honing his/her skills in imaging and image-guided minimally invasive procedures.  All told, a radiologist possess an additional 13 years in graduate/post-graduate education learning his/her craft.   To earn Board Certification status by the American Board of Radiology, each applicant must pass 3 comprehensive medical clinical exams as a physician, followed by three written and oral exams only in the field of radiology.

Visit for answers to other questions such as:

What do radiologists actually do?
Do radiologists receive any type of certification?
Can I ask to speak with my radiologist?
Why should I choose to have a radiologist conduct my imaging procedures?

Another excellent source of information for patients looking for answers regarding many radiologic procedures and therapies available is It tells patients how various x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, radiation therapy and other procedures are performed. It also addresses what patients may experience and how to prepare for the exams.

Doctor Analyzing X-Rays
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