The well-equipped and superbly staffed radiology department at Georgia Regents Medical Center delivers quality patient care, educates radiology residents, and functions as a problem-solving resource for Georgia's physicians.
All modalities and areas of diagnostic radiology are provided in this full-service department: general radiology, abdominal imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear medicine, mammography, emergency radiology, angiography/interventional radiology, pediatric radiology, OB/ultrasound, cardiac radiology, and cardiac nuclear radiology. Radiation therapy, a section of the department provides its services in the Radiation Therapy Center.
Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses radioactive substances, x-rays, electromagnetic radiation and sound waves to create images of the body, its organs and structures for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment. Images can also show how effective the body and its internal organs and structures are functioning.
Radiology was discovered a little over 100 years ago and has evolved into a high-tech science with state-of-the-art equipment to aid in imaging every aspect of the body.
While, there has been concern over the potential harmful side effects associated with the use of radiation, it is believed that the small risks are greatly outweighed by the information gained about patients' conditions and the contribution to medical management of the patient.
Radiology offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services. The following specialty areas of radiology include:
- Diagnostic Radiology - An area of radiology that uses external radiation, soundwaves, and magnetic fields, to produce images of the body, its organs, and other internal structures for medical diagnostic purposes.
- Nuclear Medicine - A specialized area of diagnostic radiology that uses very small amounts of radioactive materials to create an image of the body, its organ functions and structure, for diagnostic and treatment purposes.
- Therapeutic Radiology (Radiation Oncology) - A specialized area of radiology that uses applications of radiant energy to study, treat, and manage cancer and other diseases.
- Interventional Radiology - A specialized area of radiology that uses various imaging techniques to guide the insertion of small instruments and tools through the body to identify and treat a medical disorder without requiring conventional surgery.
- Ultrasound - Also called sonography, ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves and a computer to create images of blood vessels, tissues, and organs. During pregnancy, ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the development of the fetus.
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