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Subspeciality Practices in Radiology

Is it really the time for the radiologists to now look into subspeciality?

Very often nowadays, we see clinicians, and by clinicians, i am implying good specialists in their own branches like neurology and orthopaedics, commenting- i can see the study better than the radiologists and reports are just a formality for the insurance and claims settlement.

Further, in our own teleradiology practise, we have noticed that we have a distinct edge over other because of our subspecialty exposure in neuroradiology and musculoskeletal imaging. Further with addition of people with exposure in cardiac radiology and breast imaging we could get more work. This is probably because of peculiar way radiology practise is based in India. Although it is difficult to get fully trained radiologist at most places, getting a general radiologist is not so much of an issue. So, with most of the imaging centres looking to get things done in cost effective manner to say the least, getting routine work via teleradiology/ outsourcing has become difficult.

However, there is still a room for doubt solving wherein you get an atypical case and specialists want specific answers. I don’t know if it is a trend but sooner rather than later we might see a growing trend towards fellowships and subspeciality training in radiology also.