Cancer till now is the cause of a maximum number of deaths in the entire United States, and it is the very preliminary diagnosis that includes radiology at the heart of the treatment. Even though pathology has a serious role to play, it stands nowhere in front of radiology, and it is even true that both of these methods have no direct role in the patient care as well. So, what one can understand from this is the silent role that radiology keeps playing in the detection of cancer and the collective intervention for the subsequent solutions. Those students who are suggestive of malignancy are sent for biopsy to confirm the diagnosis.
However, there is a problem that has been identified by Apparao Mukkamala, a radiologist of high stature, and has been treating cancer patients for quite long. There are instances where at times the radiologists have reported issues where a patient is suspicious to have a malignancy in the tissues. But such a process is followed by some sampling or processing error due to which the pathologists cannot review those suspected areas that are being detected.
Hence negative malignancy pathology report is issued, and hence to avoid this false diagnosis, the communication between radiologists and pathologists is quintessential. What these two distinct departments must realize is they are complementary to each other to come up and give some quality treatment to the cancer patients. Hence they must correlate their findings and extend their service in the healthcare industry. The reports that are being prepared in the radiology department are subsequently transferred to the pathology department and also the reverse process must be carried out so that before it reaches out to the patient for further treatment are well verified.
This illustration of essential workflow is required to foster so that the relationship between radiology and pathology goes strong. Breast cancer has been a strong example of the chances of recovery has been maximum for it. Mammography studies have been the most predominant example of radiology and the current interactions between these two specialized departments has got varied intensity as well.
The health condition of the patients depends a lot on the critical diagnosis, and to determine the workflow, the ideal relation between these two departments needs to be distinguished well. According to certain studies, it has come up that there are currently more than 30,000 radiologists who are practicing in the United States. And as far as their area of practice is concerned, Apparao Mukkamala believes the entire area of diagnosis involves a wide range of technologies that enable tumors to be detected, biopsied and tumor.
Radiologists consider themselves to be specialists in either diagnostic radiology, which deals with the interpretation of images, or interventional radiology, which deals with treatment for patients. Breast imaging is a sub-specialty of radiology, and it includes not only diagnostic imaging but also interventional procedures such as image-guided breast biopsies. Hence their importance is to be realized before progressing with the diagnosis.