"Patient first" is synonymous with Open Skies MRI. We believe in providing our clients with top quality diagnostic services as efficiently as possible, while meeting every patient need. In addition our technology provides the most comfortable and stress-free scanning experience. Our fully experienced Open Skies radiologists also provide the full range of hospital-based imaging services in Regina and they assist to provide these services throughout south Saskatchewan in hospitals, clinics and other health facilities.
What is a Radiologist
Radiologists are medical doctors (MDs) who specialize in diagnosing diseases and injuries using medical imaging techniques, such as X-rays, ultrasound, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and positron emission tomography (PET).
Radiologists graduate from accredited medical schools, pass a licensing examination, and then go on to complete a residency of at least four or five years of unique post-graduate medical education.
Radiologists 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 musculo-skeletal imaging and they are certified by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, indicating a high level of training and demonstrated excellence in the field. Before radiologists practice in Saskatchewan they are also approved and licensed by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan.
Radiological examinations are medically prescribed (ordered by another type of physician) and are conducted only by appropriately trained and certified physicians under medically necessary circumstances. Radiologist's training includes instruction in radiation safety and it ensures the optimal performance of radiological procedures and interpretation of medical images. Radiologists are required to remain current in their knowledge of the field by acquiring a specified number of educational credits each year.
MRI exams are performed by MRI technologists. An MRI technologist is a specialized imaging professional who has successfully completed a 2-4 year post secondary, nationally recognized program. MRI technologists must belong to the CAMRT (Canadian Association of Medial Radiation Technologists) as well as a provincial licensing body. MRI technologists are required to continue their education in order to remain current in their profession. They must obtain a minimum of 30 continuing education credits every three years.
Fully trained and certified technologists work closely with the radiologists. The technologist prepares the patient, takes the images, and then passes them to the radiologist for full interpretation and reporting. Technologists are also required to take on-going educational courses in order to advance their skills within the field.