Encompassing a wide array of imaging technologies, like ultrasound, CAT scans, digital X-ray, MRI and nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology gives our physicians highly detailed views of the body in a completely noninvasive manner. Over the past century, radiology imaging has evolved from crude X-rays to 3T MRIs that provide our surgical pioneers real-time imaging of procedures while they are in progress — a first for any healthcare facility in the Southeastern United States.
What is diagnostic radiology?
Diagnostic radiology is the process of creating images of the body, its organs, and other internal structures with external radiation. Diagnostic radiology techniques include the use of X-ray tubes that emit radiation, radionuclides, ultrasonographic devices, and radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.
Diagnostic radiology techniques are generally noninvasive, meaning the body is not entered with any equipment or cut open for imaging. However, certain procedures do combine diagnostic radiology techniques with minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat a condition. In addition, diagnostic radiology is often used to assist during minimally invasive surgery.
Many different diagnostic scans and procedures are also performed in nuclear medicine. Nuclear medicine utilizes small amounts of radioactive agents, such as thallium or technetium, to examine various organs and their structures. These scans are used to diagnose, manage, and treat medical disorders and diseases.