The Radiologist and the Surgeon: The Journey from a Support Staff to the Most Valuable Player of the Clinical Team
Received: 26 February 2019
Accepted after revision: 02 April 2019
24 June 2019 (online)
Advancement in understanding of disease and availability of state-of-the-art tools for diagnosis and management have brought the radiologist and the surgeon closer. Close cooperation between them starting from initial presentation to postoperative follow-up spanning diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, interventions to management of disease sequelae, and complications has become the norm. This has benefited both clinicians and patients alike. Although better tools help in increasing accuracy, accuracy by itself does not imply precision. Technology cannot be a substitute for good clinical acumen or interaction between the surgeon and the radiologist. It is desirable that radiologists working in tertiary referral centers focus on two or three system-based specialties, so that they can keep pace with the latest developments in the field and deliver quality care. The new-age radiologist and surgeon should adapt to this changing scenario and increasing expectations. In the pursuit of clinical excellence, the radiologist has become the most valuable player in the clinical team.
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