Radiologists are physicians who specialize in image acquisition and interpretation. Their ability to recognize normal and diseased anatomy using various imaging tools, assists your treating physician in diagnosing your medical condition in order to determine treatment options.
All Radiology Consultants of North Dallas physicians have completed accredited 4-year residency programs, are Board-Certified by the American Board of Radiology and have had additional training or completed 1-2 year fellowships in in a specialized area.
Radiology Consultants of North Dallas has been subspecialty-focused radiology group for more than 30 years. What does this mean to you? The physicians of RCND received extended training in one or more of the following areas and most of their medical practice involves focusing on imaging procedures in those areas. Subspecialty-based radiology has been encouraged in recent years because doctors who consistently read certain types of procedures have been shown to develop greater competency in these areas.
The diagnostic radiologist uses various imaging techniques to evaluate medical conditions and in the diagnosis of disease. The types of imaging (or modalities) include routine x-rays, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, interventional radiology and angiography.
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After completing their radiology residency, physicians may elect to spend additional years training in musculoskeletal radiology, which focuses on the bones and joints of the skeleton. Techniques may include specialized MRI and CT joint imagine and arthrography in the evaluation of sports injuries, joint pain and arthritis.
A neuroradiologist specializes in imaging the brain, skull, neck and spine. Fellowships (advanced training) in Neuroradiology follow residency and are 1-3 years long. The various imaging modalities used by the neuroradiologist may include CT, MRI, neurosonography, functional MRI, perfusion and diffusion MRI, stroke imaging, multimodality imaging and tumor mapping, nuclear medicine SPECT and PET scans, seizure focus evaluation, myelography, neuroangiography, carotid angiography, vertebroplasty, Kyphoplasty, discography, epidural and facet joint injections and back pain therapy.
RCND neuroradiologists are fellowship trained, Board Certified with certificates of added qualifications (CAQs) in Neuroradiology. All of them are senior members of the American Society of Neuroradiology.
Neuroradiologists are part multidisciplinary team of physicians serving the Medical City Dallas Primary Stroke Center.
The subspecialty of nuclear medicine utilizes radioactive materials in imaging, functional analysis and the treatment of various diseases. A patient is typically injected with a radioactive “tracer” and lies on a camera table for 30-60 minutes during the procedure. The radiopharmaceuticals are often organ-specific, targeting the kidneys, liver and bile ducts, or bones, and as they are excreted by the body they yield images of the appropriate organ. Radiotracers give structure and functional. By measuring the activity of the excreted tracer over time the radiologist can determine, for example, how well the kidneys or lungs are working.
In addition, high-dose radioactive medicines can be designed to go only to a particular tumor or organ, delivering maximum radiation therapy directly to the targeted cancer cells.
Various physicians in RCND have trained in nuclear medicine during their residencies or have completed dedicated nuclear medicine residencies and fellowships. Many advanced imaging techniques such as tumor imaging, prostate cancer therapy, clinical research trials, positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), cardiac and seizure imaging are all performed by RCND radiologists.
In terms of imaging expertise, a child is not simply a little adult. Disease processes of children are different and the specific imaging needs of the pediatric patient are unique. RCND follows a subspecialty focus to optimize care for children by providing patient-specific and age-specific radiological services. Pediatric radiologists complete a general diagnostic radiology residence and then spend an additional 1-2 years in fellowship training to prepare them to care specifically for pediatric patients.
RCND pediatric radiologists are an integral part of the Medical City Children’s Hospital and utilize the guidelines developed under the “Image Gently” program. For more information regarding the Image Gently radiation safety initiative please visit Here
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiologists use image-guided catheters, needles and balloons in the diagnosis and treatment of different diseases. All RCND interventional radiologists are Board Certified and have earned certificates of added qualifications (CAQs) in vascular and interventional radiology.
Interventional techniques include therapeutic uterine fibroid Embolization, needle biopsy, vascular stents and angioplasty; varicocele embolization, endovascular aortic aneurysm repair, liver and biliary evaluation and treatment, abscess drainage, central venous catheter placement and management, renal system drainage and nephrostomies and stents, hemodialysis vascular graft de-clotting, presurgical tumor ablations, foreign body retrievals, pleural and abdominal fluid drainage.