What Is Radiology?

Many people have heard of radiology but it seems that many also have no clue what radiology is. Well, if you’re one of those people, you’re in luck as you’re about to find out. In a nutshell, radiology is a medicine specialty that uses X-Rays, MRIs, nuclear medicine ultrasound, and a form of topography to see inside the human body in order to effectively diagnose various diseases and abnormalities. Sounds pretty complicated, right? Well, that’s because it can be. Radiologists can go to school for quite a few years (in most areas, around 8+ years) and have to have a thorough understanding of all of the above and then some. Now, just how common is the practice of radiology in the medical community? It’s very common. In fact, it’s so common that you’d be hard pressed to step foot into any hospital in the world and not find a room dedicated to radiology. No, really.

How many hospitals can you think of that don’t take X-Rays? Well, if they take X-Rays then that is a form of radiology. If they take MRIs (you know, where they have you lay inside the big machine and refrain from moving), then they utilize radiology as well.

Over the course of the last 20 years or so, radiology has seen its biggest jump when it comes to technology. Everything now is far more sophisticated than it was 20 years ago which definitely isn’t the case with some forms of medicine. In some practices, the methods change but the technology never does. The same cannot be said for radiology as it is an “always-improving” practice. Curious to know when radiology started? The field of radiology can probably go all the way back to 1895 which was around the time that the first X-Ray was done/discovered but it wasn’t until the early 1900s that it really caught on. If you compare modern machinery to what was used back then, you would be completely blown away. What we have now can sometimes look like something from the future and in a way, it is. So, with all that being said, it’s safe to say that radiology is something that has evolved over the years becoming a very exciting practice. Odds are, you’ll be at the receiving end of one of its many technologies in the future but don’t worry, that isn’t always a bad thing and radiology has saved millions of lives in the past.