MEDIA CONTACT: Kelly Krasner, Sales & Marketing Manager, can assist you in arranging interviews on many topics with our physicians. She can be contacted by phone 919-781-1437 Ext. 3606 (desk), 919-274-1614 (Cell) or by email email@example.com
PRACTICE OVERVIEW: Raleigh Radiology is Wake County’s oldest radiology practice. Our team of 25 board- certified radiologists are truly dedicated individuals. Together, their combined knowledge and broad sub-specialized expertise is unparalleled – making Raleigh Radiology not only the oldest, but the most experienced practice in the triangle. Raleigh Radiology has seven free-standing outpatient imaging facilities throughout Wake and Johnston counties. Raleigh Radiology Associates provides professional services for all Rex Healthcare facilities. At Raleigh Radiology, our goal is to provide the highest quality cost effective outpatient imaging while offering compassionate care for our patients.
SUB-SPECIALIZED AREAS OF RADIOLOGY REPRESENTED
MUSCULOSKELETAL IMAGING (Orthopaedic & Sports Imaging)
NEURORADIOLOGY (Spine and Brain Imaging)
NUCLEAR MEDICINE RADIOLOGY
VASCULAR AND INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY
COMPREHENSIVE IMAGING SERVICES INCLUDE:
MRI / Open Bore MRI
CT Scan / PET Scan
Digital Mammography with CAD (Computer Aided Detection)
3D Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography
Treatment for Varicose Veins and Spider Veins
RALEIGH RADIOLOGY LOCATIONS
Raleigh Radiology Blue Ridge
3200 Blue Ridge Road, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612
Raleigh Radiology Cedarhurst
1212 Cedarhurst Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609
Raleigh Radiology Cary
150 Parkway Office Court, Suite 100
Cary, NC 27518
Raleigh Radiology Wake Forest
839 Durham Hwy, Unit A
Wake Forest, NC 27587
Raleigh Radiology Clayton
166 Springbrook Avenue, Suite 103
Clayton, NC 27520
Raleigh Radiology Brier Creek
8851 Ellstree Lane, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27617
Raleigh Radiology has proudly served Rex Healthcare for more than fifty years.
RALEIGH RADIOLOGY: A TRADITION OF LEADERSHIP
2008 First to offer online screening mammography requests
2007 First in the Triangle to offer high field 1.5T open bore MRI
2007 First fully digital mammography practice
2007 Opened facilities in Cary, Wake Forest and Clayton to offer more community based care
2005 First to bring digital mammography to Raleigh
2004 First to bring office-wide outpatient PACS to Raleigh
2003 First to bring Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to Wake County
2002 First to introduce CAD (computer –aided detection) for mammography
2001 First to offer Cardiac Scoring, a noninvasive test to evaluate heart disease risk in asymptomatic patients
2000 Achieved American College of Radiology accreditation and FDA approval for stereotactic breast biopsy
1996 First practice in North Carolina to be ACR-accredited in abdominal and obstetric Ultrasound
1995 First radiology group to offer minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsy
1989 First in the area to receive ACR accreditation for mammography
1985 First imaging center devoted to women’s health
1974 Instrumental in the creation of the Rex Cancer Center, the first outpatient cancer center in Wake County
1950 Founder Dr. Tom Worth begin practicing at Rex Hospital
MRI /Open Bore MRI: Raleigh Radiology was the first to introduce open bore MRI in Wake County in 2007. 1.5 T high field open bore MRI is offered at all 6 MRI facilities. This high quality, state of the art imaging improves accessibility to obese (scanner weight limit is 550 lbs) and claustrophobic patients due to its open design. Our patients benefit from improved comfort due to its openness and receive professional patient focused care.
MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor, printed or copied to CD. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays).
Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate various parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).
BREAST MRI: MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.
MR imaging of the breast is performed to:
- assess multiple tumor locations, especially prior to breast conservation surgery.
- identify early breast cancer not detected through other means, especially in women with dense breast tissue and those at high risk for the disease.
- evaluate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound.
- distinguish between scar tissue and recurrent tumors.
- determine whether cancer detected by mammography, ultrasound, or after surgical biopsy has spread further in the breast or into the chest wall.
- assess the effect of chemotherapy.
- provide additional information on a diseased breast to make treatment decisions.
determine the integrity of breast implants
DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY WITH CAD: Digital Mammography with CAD (Computer Aided Detection) is the latest tool available to detect breast cancer at early stages when it has a better chance of being cured. As with any other test, mammography is not perfect and should be used in conjunction with regular breast exams by a doctor or other health care provider and by breast self exams.
Raleigh Radiology was the first to bring digital mammography to Wake County in 2005.
3D BREAST TOMOSYNTHESIS MAMMAGRAPHY: 3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection. It is performed in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.During the 3D part of theexam, the x-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking images of 1 millimeter slices of the breast tissue.
BONE DENSITY SCREENING: (DEXA) To accurately detect osteoporosis, doctors commonly use DEXA bone densitometry to measure bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA is a quick, painless procedure for measuring bone loss. Measurement of the lower spine and hips are most often done.
The DEXA test can also assess your risk for developing fractures and is effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that can cause bone loss. Bone density testing is recommended for:
- post-menopausal women age 60 or older who have risk factors for developing osteoporosis
- patients with a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking
post-menopausal women who are tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds)
- men and women who have hyperparathyroidism
- men and women who have been medications that are known to cause bone loss for an extended period of time
ULTRASOUND: Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves that produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-ray) Since ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
CT SCAN / CTA SCAN: CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
CT scanning combines special x-ray equipment with sophisticated computers to produce multiple images or pictures of the inside of the body. These cross-sectional images of the area being studied can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed.
CT scans of internal organs, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels provide greater clarity and reveal more details than regular x-ray exams.
NUCLEAR MEDICINE: Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases, including many types of cancers, heart disease and certain other abnormalities within the body.
Nuclear medicine or radionuclide imaging procedures are noninvasive and usually painless medical tests that help physicians diagnose medical conditions. These imaging scans use radioactive materials called radiopharmaceuticals or radiotracers.
Depending on the type of nuclear medicine exam you are undergoing, the radiotracer is either injected into a vein, swallowed or inhaled as a gas and eventually accumulates in the organ or area of your body being examined, where it gives off energy in the form of gamma rays. This energy is detected by a device called a gamma camera, a (positron emission tomography) PET scanner and/or probe. These devices work together with a computer to measure the amount of radiotracer absorbed by your body and to produce special pictures offering details on both the structure and function of organs and tissues.
FLUOROSCOPY: With the aid of a contrast agent, Fluoroscopy enables a radiologist to capture an image of an organ while it is functioning. This contrast agent allows the image to be viewed clearly on a monitor or screen. Fluoroscopy is used to screen for ulcers, benign tumors (polyps, for example), cancer, or signs of certain other intestinal illnesses.
VARICOSE VEIN TREATMENT: Varicose vein treatment, or endovenous ablation, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses laser energy to cauterize (burn) and close abnormally enlarged veins in the legs, a condition called varicose veins.
Normally, blood circulates from the heart to the legs via arteries and back to the heart through veins. Veins contain one-way valves which allow blood to return from the legs against gravity. If the valves leak, blood pools in leg veins which can become enlarged or varicose.
Endovenous ablation is an image-guided procedure that uses heat generated by laser energy to seal off these faulty vessels, diverting blood flow immediately to nearby healthy veins.
SCLEROTHERAPY: Sclerotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment used to treat varicose and spider veins. The procedure involves the injection of a solution directly into the affected veins, causing them to shrink and eventually disappear.
Sclerotherapy is used to improve the cosmetic appearance of spider veins and to relieve some of the symptoms associated with spider veins, including aching, burning, swelling and night cramps. It is the primary treatment for small varicose veins in the legs.
CRYOTHERAPY/CRYOABLATIONS: Cryotherapy, also called cryoablation or targeted cryoablation therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including cancer cells.
In cryotherapy, liquid nitrogen or argon gas is applied to diseased cells located outside or inside the body. Physicians use image-guidance techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) to help guide these freezing substances to treatment sites located inside the body.
RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATIONS: Radiofrequency ablation, sometimes referred to as RFA, is a minimally invasive treatment for cancer. It is an image-guided technique that heats and destroys cancer cells.
In radiofrequency ablation, imaging techniques such as ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used to help guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor. High-frequency electrical currents are then passed through the electrode, creating heat that destroys the abnormal cells.
KYPHOPLASTY: Balloon kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that can significantly reduce back pain and repair the broken bone of a spinal fracture. The procedure is called balloon kyphoplasty because orthopaedic balloons are used to lift the fractured bone and return it to the correct position.
UTERINE FIBROID EMBOLIZATION: Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive treatment for fibroid tumors of the uterus. The procedure is also sometimes referred to as Uterine Artery Embolization (UAE),
Fibroid tumors, also known as myomas, are benign tumors that arise from the muscular wall of the uterus. It is extremely rare for them to turn cancerous. More commonly, they cause heavy menstrual bleeding, pain in the pelvic region, and pressure on the bladder or bowel.
In a UFE procedure, physicians use an x-ray camera called a fluoroscope to deliver small particles to the uterus and fibroids. These block the arteries that provide blood flow and cause the fibroids to shrink. Nearly 90 percent of women with fibroids experience relief of their symptoms.
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