[Tagging] Medical imaging facility

Peter Elderson pelderson at gmail.com
Sun Jan 10 08:59:59 UTC 2021

Radiology is the scientific field. Imaging using radiology is a
practical application of the science.
Other imaging techniques are often combined in one clinic/facility with
radiologic imaging techniques; it's simply another machine to produce

Peter Elderson

Op zo 10 jan. 2021 om 09:49 schreef Mateusz Konieczny via Tagging <
tagging at openstreetmap.org>:

> Jan 10, 2021, 09:19 by stefan.tauner at gmx.at:
> On Sat, 9 Jan 2021 17:32:37 -0800
> Joseph Eisenberg <joseph.eisenberg at gmail.com> wrote:
> In the USA there are many private medical imaging facilities where you can
> get x-rays, ultrasound, CT scan, MRI etc, with a doctor's order.
> I'm surprised we don't have a tag for this.
> There are a number of specialty imaging centers in my city, and I send
> patients there when I want them to get outpatient imaging done: e.g.
> https://www.mycdi.com/locations/portland/ - and there are many more which
> are inside of a larger clinic or hospital.
> Tags in use include healthcare=radiology - though this is a bit ambiguous -
> perhaps amenity=medical_imaging or healthcare=medical_imaging is clearer?
> https://taginfo.openstreetmap.org/tags/healthcare=radiology
> I don't see how radiology is ambiguous - I think this is the correct
> term in this context, quote WP: «In the clinical context, "invisible
> light" medical imaging is generally equated to radiology or "clinical
> imaging" and the medical practitioner responsible for interpreting (and
> sometimes acquiring) the images is a radiologist.»
> For me (not an expert, not a native speaker, limited personal experience
> so far)
> my initial thought before looking at definitions is to think about
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radiation_therapy
> Note header and explicit "is distinct from radiology" in the third
> paragraph,
> so this confusion is not unique to me.
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