Neuroimaging: Bolstering the Role of Neurologists

 

“There is no question that neuroimaging is an extremely complex subject that requires subspecialty experience, an interest, and a focus in that area. To ask a general radiologist to do that may, in some cases, provide a perfectly acceptable interpretation of a scan. But in many other scenarios, it may not. Neurologists, particularly if they’re focused in an area that requires particular imaging, may be more adept at image interpretation of those patients.”

—Joshua P. Klein, MD, PhD

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“There are 29 cerebrovascular imaging fellowships in the United States at the best centers—Mayo, Stanford, Cleveland Clinic—run by cardiologists, for cardiologists, for imaging of the heart: It’s called organ-specific imaging. Is the heart more complicated than the brain? I would say not, but I’m biased, obviously; but let’s say it’s equal. So if cardiologists are able to image the heart, it is completely common sense that neurologists who are trained should be able to image the brain at every modality.”

—Laszlo L. Mechtler, MD

In a new video interview, Practical Neurology® Co-Chief Medical Editor Paul G. Mathew, MD hosts a discussion with Laszlo L. Mechtler, MD, and Joshua P. Klein, MD, PhD, about the role of neurologists in neuroimaging. They also discuss radiology fellowships and the need for a radiology subspecialty in neurology.


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Launched in January 2002, Practical Neurology strives to enhance quality of care and improve the daily operation of neurology practices. Each month, our experts explain the real-world significance of recent advances in neurologic science and offer step-by-step advice on how to overcome the clinical and business challenges neurologists face. Our straightforward, how-to articles give neurologists tools they can put into practice right away.

 
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