Patient Education

Radiology is the branch of medicine concerned with the use of imaging for the diagnosis and treatment of disease.  Beginning in 1895 with Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen’s discovery of the x-ray, radiology has grown into an integrated component of medical care.  Radiology has moved well beyond holding a film to a bright light.  Modern medical imaging makes use of many complimentary modalities including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), positron emission tomography (PET), ultrasound, nuclear medicine with computer radiography. Radiologists can view images captured from scanning equipment in 3-D allowing for the rotation of images and the manipulation of images to peel away organs to isolate a single structure for examination.  Interventional radiology allows radiologists to utilize imaging technology to treat disease much less invasively than traditional surgery.   Advances in the field of radiology have increased early detection of breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer and colon cancer which extends and save lives.  Utilizing MRI technologies, a clearer understanding of the process and effects of Alzheimer’s Disease/dementia, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, schizophrenia, stroke, and many forms of cancer has been achieved leading to longer lives of better quality.  It is with the vision of saving lives and improving quality of life that the field of radiology continues to be a vital part of the medical industry.  Although behind the scenes to patients, radiologists empower doctors of all specialties by providing them with information they need to make accurate and sustaining plans of care.