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Urologists' Use of Imaging Services

The American Urological Association (AUA) and the Urology Care Foundation affirm that urologists are the physicians best qualified to diagnose, manage and treat diseases and conditions of the genitourinary tract and adrenal gland in patients of all ages. Urologists are trained in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic and interventional imaging studies including ultrasonography, radiography, axial scanning (e.g., CT, MRI) and other imaging techniques.

Urologists combine technical skill in the use of imaging equipment with the cognitive skills of the underlying disease processes. It is the urologist's role, using appropriate clinical indications, to select the study, or sequence of studies, needed to aid in the optimal diagnosis and management of urologic patients.

The acquisition and maintenance of skills and knowledge associated with imaging technology is assured by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Residency Review Committee for urology, continuing medical education provided by the AUA and the certification, recertification and maintenance of certification process of the American Board of Urology.

Urologists integrate an understanding of the risks and benefits of imaging technologies with the clinical care of the patient. Patient care is optimized when urologists coordinate the use of appropriate imaging techniques and equipment in the setting most beneficial to their patients.

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