Intermountain Medical Imaging has made a difference in the Treasure Valley area’s medical community since it was founded in 1999. Our sub-specialized team of 30 radiologists excel in their careers and strive to create lasting impressions on their patients in their times of need. These radiologists are lifelong learners who are up to date with the latest advancements in the industry, keeping Intermountain Medical Imaging the best choice for all of our community’s imaging needs.
Dr. Linstroth comes to us from the University of Utah School of Medicine, where she completed fellowships in abdominal and breast imaging. But we wanted to learn more – here are ten “rad” facts about Dr. Laura Linstroth!
- What are you most proud of from your career? I am proud to be able to find a career that I truly love. Each day as a radiologist is varied and rewarding. As a member of the healthcare team, I work with patients and other clinicians to have a direct impact on patient diagnosis and care.
- When did you know you wanted to be a radiologist? I initially planned on becoming a primary care physician and completed the majority of residency training in internal medicine. During that training, I had my first real exposure to radiology – I loved looking at all my patients’ imaging studies. I had not known until that point how radiology plays such an essential role in diagnosis and shapes the patient’s care.
- What did you like about Gem State Radiology that caused you to choose this group? I loved the team atmosphere and collegiality that was immediately apparent when I interviewed with the group. Every radiologist, technician, administrator, and support person is clearly committed to patient care and feels like a vital team member. I also was attracted to the broad variety of different studies everyone reads when a part of this group.
- How long have you been a radiologist? Six years.
- What do you enjoy outside of your professional life? I am a huge outdoor enthusiast. I love hiking, rock climbing, gardening, nordic and downhill skiing, and camping. Now that I have a young child, I love sharing the love of the outdoors with him. Last May, I hiked 30,000 vertical feet over the course of the month with my two-year-old son in a backpack on my back.
- What is your favorite aspect of radiology? I love the problem-solving aspect of radiology. As a radiologist, I get to take the patient’s clinical and laboratory history, combine it with what I see on their imaging, and synthesize that information into a diagnosis that will guide the patient’s treatment and plan of care.
- What is the most challenging part of your job? It can certainly be challenging to share bad news with patients and their families. As physicians, we see patients during such difficult times in their lives. As a breast radiologist, I am often the first person to talk to patients about a breast cancer diagnosis. Although this is certainly challenging, I am honored to be a part of that time in their lives and help them get on the path to treatment and recovery.
- How do you continue your education? I read articles in radiology literature journals about topics I see in daily practice. I also do a daily radiology case with questions about a patient scenario and imaging from different specialties.
- If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go? Like most people during the pandemic, I have been craving travel of any kind! Recently I have wanted to go to a rainforest and beach location, such as Belize or Costa Rica.
- What is your favorite late-night snack? I have a really bad sweet tooth and love eating cookies and ice cream at night!
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