Illness comes in many forms. The clinical symptoms, laboratory findings and medical images are all parts of a big jigsaw puzzle. When I'm able to fit in a few missing pieces through my expertise and make an impact on the clinical decision making of the clinician, I feel most rewarded.
For me, Radiology is the ability to see how a particular disease looks like and show it to the treating physician with my interpretation.
One of my mentors taught me the art of empathy. I remember sharing with him about how I was upset at the irrational behaviour of a patient. He suggested for me to try thinking that this patient could have been my own father. I did that and it worked. That very day I learnt empathy and I've been practising it ever since."
Dr Bharadwaj PushanConsultantDepartment of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular ImagingSingapore General Hospital
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