"Patient first" is synonymous with Radiology Associates of Regina (RAR). We believe in serving the communities we live in and we strive to deliver top quality diagnostic services as efficiently as possible, while meeting every patient need: general radiology at all three locations, ultrasound at Parliament Avenue and Rochdale, mammography at Parliament Avenue. In addition, the RAR radiologists provide the full range of hospital-based imaging services in Regina and they assist to provide these throughout south Saskatchewan in hospitals, clinics and other health facilities.
RAR has always been the major radiological group in Regina and southern Saskatchewan. Formed over 50 years ago, our group provides uninterrupted, high quality imaging services to Regina and surrounding areas. Currently, there are 24 radiologists in the group; most have specialized training and experience in a particular area of Medical Imaging.
Since its inception, RAR has grown to incorporate new technologies while at the same time adapting to increases in demand caused by changes in our population and improved imaging capabilities. We are here to do the best for our patients in any circumstance.
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.
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 remain current in their field.