Almost every field of medicine today involves some type of nonphysician practitioner, whose role was originally created to help physicians see patients more efficiently. The specialty of radiology is no exception, and radiologists often work with NPs, PAs, and another type of extender called a radiology assistant (RA). Today I am joined by two radiologists to discuss the use of nonphysicians in radiology and concerns that an increased push for these extenders may negatively impact patient care.
Phil Shaffer MD is a recently retired radiologist and frequent guest of our show. He is also a board member of PPP. Sharon D’Souza MD MPH is a radiologist in private practice.