The risks associated with diagnostic radiology are small, especially compared against the benefits of quick and effective diagnosis.
In the lead up to a radiology procedure, some patients are daunted by the equipment or the idea of the use of radiation in diagnostic medical imaging. Talk to your primary physician and your radiologist about any concerns you may have both before and on the day of your procedure. They can talk you through what to expect and put your mind at ease.
After the scan, awaiting diagnosis can be stressful, so good communication between the radiologist, primary care physician, and patient is also paramount.
Radiologists consult with your referring physician (typically your primary care physician) as to which scan is most appropriate to help diagnose your condition. They then read and interpret the resulting images, and in certain instances, cross-reference them with other results to give an effective diagnosis. Radiologists are also trained in the treatment of diseases using radiation (radiation oncology).
Diagnostic medical imaging includes:
The techniques are generally fast, effective, and painless — with the exception of the minimal pain imposed at the site of injection in the instance of nuclear medicine.
If you suffer from claustrophobia, the machinery used in MRI and CT scans can cause anxiety. There are some things you can do to minimize the effect of claustrophobia on the procedure.
Vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate the circulatory system. It can monitor blood flow, and detect blockages and blood clots in the veins and arteries. Like all types of ultrasound, it is painless and does not involve ionizing radiation.
Children need specialized care. There are many conditions that are only seen in infants as the body is growing. Children are also more sensitive to radiation. So, special considerations need to be made to the long-lasting potential impact of imaging. Our pediatric radiologists work closely with patients, their families, and other physicians involved in the treatment plan.
Our diagnostic imaging center is equipped with state-of-the-art and innovative technologies to ensure your safety and quality of care. Our Nuclear Medicine department is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), and our ultrasound departments are each accredited by the IAC.
Our focus is on compassionate, patient-centered care. From the moment you are referred to us, you receive the kind of individualized attention that ensures your convenience, comfort, and peace of mind.
Westchester Medical Healthcare’s highly experienced, board-certified radiologist has expertise in a full spectrum of diagnostic procedures and works closely to coordinate and tailor your care to your exact needs.