imagesPaul J Sanchirico, MD

  • Medical School – SUNY/Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY
  • Internship – St. Joseph’s Transitional, Syracuse NY
  • Residency – SUNY/Upstate Medical University, Syracuse NY
  • Special Interests – General Radiology, Interventional Radiology

imagesGregory Spurling, MD

  • MedicalSchool – Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, BethesdaMD
  • Internship – Naval Medical Center, General Surgery, San Diego CA
  • Residency – Bethesda Naval and Walter Reed Army Medical Centers, Diagnostic Radiology, Bethesda MD
  • Special Interests – Musculoskeletal Imaging

imagesMichael Todd Burtis, MD

  • Medical School – Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
  • Internship – Tripler Army Medical Center, Transitional, Honolulu, HI
  • Residency – Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI
  • Special Interests – Women’s Imaging

Dr. Ashby 1Dallen Ashby, MD

  • Medical School – St. Louis School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Internship – St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency – University of Illinois-Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • Special Interests – Abdominal and Pelvic Imaging

What is a radiologist?

A radiologist is a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound. Radiologists graduate from accredited medical schools, pass a licensing examination, then go on to complete a residency of at least four years of unique post-graduate medical education in, among other topics:

  • Radiation safety and protection
  • Radiation effects on the human body
  • Appropriate performance and interpretation of quality radiological and medical imaging examinations

These physicians often complete a fellowship — one to two additional years of specialized training in a particular subspecialty of radiology, such as breast imaging, cardiovascular radiology or nuclear medicine. Radiologist physicians are usually board certified by the American Board of Radiology (for a doctor of medicine) or the American Osteopathic Board of Radiology (for an osteopathic doctor); an indication of a high level of training, and demonstrated excellence in the field. Radiological procedures are medically prescribed and should only be conducted by appropriately trained and certified physicians under medically necessary circumstances. Radiologist physicians have four to six years of unique, specific, post–medical school training that includes radiation safety and ensures the optimal performance of radiological procedures and interpretation of medical images.