Members of the Care Team
- Radiologist – A radiologist is a physician who has earned an undergraduate degree and completed four years each of medical school and residency training in the medical specialty of diagnostic radiology. Many radiologists have additional fellowship training in radiology subspecialties. Board certified radiologists have additional certification in their subspecialty and are certified by the American Board of Radiology.
- Interventional Radiology – Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology focused on the use of diagnostic imaging technology and minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat vascular and nonvascular diseases. Many medical conditions, including inoperable cancers, peripheral arterial disease, spinal fractures and uterine fibroids, that once required surgical procedures are now treated non-surgically by an interventional radiologist and result in less risk, reduced pain and shorter recovery times for patients.
- Musculoskeletal Imaging – Musculoskeletal imaging is a subspecialty of radiology focused on bone, joint, muscle and connective tissue abnormalities, including orthopedic, rheumatologic and traumatic conditions. By utilizing powerful imaging modalities, musculoskeletal radiologists are able to assist referring physicians in the diagnosis of conditions and diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
- Neuroradiology – Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology that specializes in performing diagnostic imaging procedures to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the central and peripheral nervous system in the brain, spine, head and neck.
- Oncology Imaging – Oncology imaging is a subspecialty of radiology focused on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Oncology imaging radiologists assist referring physicians in the early detection and diagnosis of various cancers.
- Women’s Imaging – Women's imaging is a subspecialty of radiology focused on women's health, with an emphasis on the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer. This specialty also includes the evaluation of women with reproductive tract issues and the evaluation of women with suspected or proven bone loss. By utilizing powerful imaging modalities, women's imaging radiologists are able to assist primary care providers and specialists in the detection, diagnosis and management of these conditions.
- Diagnostic Radiology Procedures – Diagnostic radiology exams are used by radiologists to examine a patient's internal organs and structures to determine the existence of a medical condition. The type of imaging procedure or technology used depends upon a patient's symptoms and part of the body being examined and support the subspecialty services of interventional radiology, musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology, oncology imaging and women's imaging.
- DEXA Scan – Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or DEXA, is a procedure for measuring bone mineral density. Doctors commonly use DEXA bone densitometry to measure bone loss and accurately detect osteoporosis.
- P-DEXA – Peripheral dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, or P-DEXA, machines are portable units that can be used in a doctor's office to measure bone density in the wrist or forearm.
- Fluoroscopy – Fluoroscopy uses a contrast agent to capture an image of an internal body organ while it is functioning. This contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a monitor or screen.
- Positron Emission Tomography – Positron emission tomography, also called a PET scan, is a nuclear medicine exam that produces a three-dimensional image of functional processes in the body. A PET scan uses a small amount of a radioactive drug to show differences between healthy and diseased tissue. The diagnostic images produced by PET are used to evaluate a variety of diseases.
- Ultrasound – Ultrasound imaging, also called sonography, is a method of obtaining diagnostic images from inside the body to help doctors with making diagnoses and treatment recommendations. Ultrasound is painless and does not use radiation, but rather uses sound waves that are reflected from various body tissues.
- X-ray – X-ray is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging, producing diagnostic images of the body that allow doctors to view and assess broken bones or other injuries.
- Computed Tomography (CT) – Computed tomography, also called a CAT scan, uses x-ray and computer equipment to produce cross-sectional images of body tissues and organs. CT imaging is useful because it can show several types of tissue, such as lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. Specialized types of CT are used to obtain high resolution imaging of arteries, called CTA or CT-angiography.
- Nuclear Medicine Scan – Nuclear medicine, or scan, uses a small amount of a radioactive substance to produce two or three-dimensional images of body anatomy and function. The diagnostic images produced by a nuclear scan are used to evaluate a variety of diseases. Sometimes a nuclear scan is combined with a CT scan.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, uses strong magnet and radio waves to provide clear and detailed diagnostic images of internal body organs and tissues. MRI allows evaluation of many body structures that may not be as visible with other diagnostic imaging methods, including ligaments, cartilage and nervous system tissues.