What is a radiologist?
A radiologist is a physician who specialises in
using medical imaging technologies such as computed
tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI),
ultrasounds and X-rays, to examine and diagnose
various diseases, illnesses and injuries. They
analyse the images and prepare a report on their
findings. They may also treat diseases using
radiation or minimally invasive, image-guided
Areas of Specialisation
• Cardiovascular radiology
• Gastrointestinal radiology
• Musculoskeletal radiology
• Paediatric radiology
• Interventional radiology
What do I need to study?
At CSEC and CAPE:
To become a radiologist, one
must obtain a medical degree (MBBS). Further
training and internship in the field of radiology
is then required, followed by certification from a
recognised medical board.
What skills and traits do I need?
• Attention to detail
• Technology savvy
• Good communication skills
• Excellent vision and analytical skills
• Good interpersonal skills
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She enjoys travelling and watching movies.
If she had to choose a career outside of
medicine, she would choose to be a “voice” in an animation.
Dr Rosalind Ambrose is known for her outstanding
contribution to the field of radiology in St Vincent
and the Grenadines. Recognised as the first trained
female Vincentian radiologist, her achievements in
providing cutting-edge radiological services have
contributed greatly to the advancement and
accessibility of medical care in her homeland.
She operates her own medical imaging center in St
Vincent - the Caribbean Medical Imaging Centre
(CMIC). She is credited for introducing several
advances in medical imaging technologies to her home
country. These include computed tomography (CT) scan
services, mammography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound and filmless radiology.
She also pioneered teleradiology,
which is the transmission of medical images from one
location to another. The CMIC was first to experiment
with ADSL, a communications technology for enabling the
fast transmission of images to other countries. This
technology has given Vincentians the option of
obtaining medical consultations from foreign
specialists without having to leave the country. The
service is also provided to other Caribbean islands.
In addition to her work at CMIC, Dr Ambrose has served in
other capacities. She is a consultant radiologist at
the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (previously Kingstown
General Hospital). She is also a founding member of the
Caribbean Society of Radiologists, and was Director of
Medical Education for Kingstown Medical College for
approximately eight years, where she introduced and
lectured in Imaging in Clinical Anatomy, as an
Dr Rosalind Ambrose (née Baptiste) was born in Kingstown, St Vincent. She grew up with her
mother in Kingstown Park. Her fascination with science
began at an early age as she enjoyed looking at the
book, Medical Counsellor, which displayed pictures of
the human anatomy. Although intrigued by science, she
was not chosen by her school to pursue science subjects
at the secondary level. Recognising her dream to become
a physician, her mother sent applications on her behalf
to the North Seattle Community College in Seattle, USA
where she was accepted to study applied science as a
first step towards this goal. As a young graduate
working as a medical transcriptionist for a chest
surgeon, she became fascinated with radiology. The
surgeon joked that, “he could see the patient’s whole
life on a chest x-ray.” That statement influenced her
to venture into this specialised field.
Ambrose went on to study medicine at
St George’s University in Grenada, and subsequently
secured a fellowship to pursue diagnostic radiology at
Prince of Wales Hospital at the Chinese University of
Hong Kong. There, she had the privilege of working
under Professor Louis Kreel and Professor Con Metreweli,
“two giants” in the field of radiology. She also
lectured in radiology for two years at the same
Her personal mantra is, “Learn
something new every day.” She strongly believes that
one must try to “stay focused as a beam”, and set a
personal 10-year plan.
What institutions did she attend?
E. DeShong Private Primary School, St Vincent
St Mary’s RC School, St Vincent
Girls’ High School, St Vincent
North Seattle Community College, USA
– Associate of Applied Science
University of Washington, USA
– BA in Vertebrate Zoology
St George’s University, Grenada
– Doctor of Medicine (MD)
She won a scholarship
to pursue medicine and was one of the first students from
her country to graduate from St George’s University.
She was elected
president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Medical