Radiology

Dr. Rattan: Why I Decided to Pursue a Career In Pediatric Radiology

There were many things that drew me to Pediatric Radiology as I was completing my Diagnostic Radiology Residency at Jackson Memorial in Miami, FL and trying to decide on a fellowship. While the spectrum of pathology and diverse disease processes encountered in the pediatric population make it a challenging field of study, it is perhaps the patient population that I like most. Not only do I get a lot of satisfaction out of working with children and interacting with their families on a daily basis when they come to the Radiology Department for imaging, but many pediatric diagnoses are carried with a patient well into adulthood and I therefore get to care for a diverse patient population of all ages.

Many pediatric disease processes are treatable and potentially curable, and imaging plays a key role in diagnosis where time is often of the essence, providing a strong motivation for constant innovation and improvement in our imaging techniques. Given that Cincinnati Children’s is one of the best hospitals in the country and that I was born and raised in Ohio about an hour away from Cincinnati, when it came time to choosing a fellowship, coming home to Cincinnati Children’s was a natural choice. Being able to do my fellowship here was the best of both worlds; I was close to family in a state that I consider home and was receiving the best training in the country.

I have been fortunate enough to stay on as a staff Pediatric Radiologist for the last nine years following my fellowship, and the patients that I encounter teach me something new everyday. My motivations for pursuing a career in pediatric radiology have only been affirmed and intensified over this time during which I have become a parent myself, something that I think has really enriched my interactions with my patients and their families.

Contributed by Dr. Mantosh S. Rattan and edited by Glenn Miñano, BFA.

Glenn Miñano

About the Author: Glenn Miñano

Glenn Miñano is a media specialist in the Department of Radiology, providing graphic design, photography, printing, video services, and administration of the department’s online properties. His works have been published in several medical articles, such as the American Journal of Radiology and the American Institute of Ultrasound. He has been providing these services to the Radiology Department since 1996.

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