Radiology: What is it?

For decades, a visit to a radiologist meant sitting still for an x-ray performed by a technician and interpreted by a radiologist. Technological advancements in radiology have broadened the field of radiology.

Patients can be referred to a radiologist for a myriad of issues ranging from possible broken bones to digestive issues to the presence of blood clots.

Radiologists are specialized physicians who interpret images using radiology equipment. They have an arsenal of procedures at their disposal including imagery technology (x-rays and ultrasounds), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine and positron emission tomography (PET) to diagnose and treat patients.

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The most common scans performed in Casper are mammograms, ultrasounds, x-rays and CTs. Access to a wide variety of imaging techniques is helpful in early detection of diseases. Treatments and cures for certain diseases rely heavily on imaging to aid physicians.

Furthermore at Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology various interventional radiology medical procedures for patient care and treatment are offered. An interventional radiologist not only studies images of a patient’s body but can perform procedures such as biopsies and removing harmful blood clots.

Interventional radiology uses minimally invasive procedures in patient treatment. Procedures use various modes of imaging to direct radiologists using interventional instruments throughout the body primarily using catheters and needles. The introduction of interventional radiology has helped patients with shorter hospital stays, lower infection rate with smaller incision areas and quicker recovery times.