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Career Connections: Radiologist

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(Describer) Beside four different-size different-color circles connected by lines, title: Career Connections.

(Describer) Title: Radiologist. In an animated speech bubble...

(woman) A radiologist is somebody who interprets images from different parts of the patient's body. We can do X-rays, CT scans, we can do MRIs, we can do ultrasound, based on what disease you're trying to see if the patient has.

(Describer) The woman looks at images on a computer.

My name is Deborah Kwon, and my area of expertise is cardiology, or the heart. Our focus is acquiring images that assess the heart function, the valve function, how well the ventricles are squeezing, and seeing if there's diseases of the muscle tissue itself. The heart is a fascinating organ, in that it is a pump. Our arteries can be thought of as pipes. The physics that are applied to flow through a pipe can be applied to the heart.

(Describer) She walks down a hall to a control room.

Every day, for me, is a little different.

(Describer) She goes in.

I have the luxury of being able to read all different types of modalities within the heart. On a Monday, I read ultrasound of the heart, or echocardiograms.

(Describer) Title: A test that uses sound waves to create an image of the heart. A calendar page turns.

On Tuesday, I read CT scans.

(Describer) X-ray tests that produce cross-sectional images of the body.

On Wednesday, I see clinic patients. On Thursdays, I read MRI.

(Describer) Uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a detailed image of the heart.

Some material there. And Friday is usually a research day for me. I'm very involved in research projects as well. For reading scans, we're dependent on the computer. These images are digitalized and sent to the computer, and we interpret them.

(Describer) On a monitor:

This is an echocardiogram. You can see the beating heart. We apply color Doppler that's like the weather Doppler on The Weather Channel. Instead of wind, we're studying the velocity and direction of blood flow. Here you can see there's a leaky mitral valve and a leaky aortic valve. This blue-and-yellow color coming backwards is blood flow flowing this way, which is the opposite way of how blood should be flowing.

(Describer) She types.

On a daily basis, I'm constantly using math. We have to calculate gradients and flow. So we're using that on a daily basis. My favorite part of the job is seeing images that are fascinating-- that you can see a beating heart. The thing that I think is so fascinating about cardiology is a lot of the diseases are curable, whether it's through surgery, or very treatable through medications, and you can actually see patients getting better and actively prolong people's lives.

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A cardiac radiologist uses ultrasounds, MRIs, and CT Scans to diagnose heart conditions. They study various images to ensure correct diagnosis and treatment options while working closely with other medical professionals. Part of the "Career Connections" series.

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Runtime: 4 minutes

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