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For Patients

At CIRA, top-quality patient care is our primary focus. We are only a phone call away from your doctor when needed. CIRA radiologists provide rapid results on all radiological testing, ensuring that your doctor has the information he or she needs to provide you with the very best medical care. We call this the CIRA Radiologic Difference: delivering compassionate, high-quality care using the most advanced technology available, and the highest level of diagnostic interpretation – all for you.

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What Is a Radiologist?

Radiologists are medical doctors that specialize in diagnosing and treating injuries and diseases using medical imaging (radiology) procedures (exams/tests) such as X-rays, computed tomography (CT),

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Types of Care and Providers

X-rays are quick, painless tests that produce images of the structures inside your body, especially bones.

Used to diagnose: bone fractures; arthritis; osteoporosis; infections; breast cancer; swallowed items; digestive tract problems
CT Scan
CT scans use a series of x-rays to create cross-sections of the inside of the body, including bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues.

Used to diagnose: injuries from trauma; bone fractures; tumors and cancers; vascular disease; heart disease; infections; used to guide biopsies
MRIs use magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues in the body.

Used to diagnose: aneurysms; Multiple Sclerosis (MS); stoke; spinal cord disorders; tumors; blood vessel issues; joint or tendon injuries
Ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of organs and structures within the body.

Used to diagnose: gallbladder disease; breast lumps; genital/prostate issues; joint inflammation; blood flow problems; monitoring pregnancy; used to guide biopsies
Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
In nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures, the energy source is introduced into the body, where it gets incorporated in a specific tissue, organ or process and is then detected by an external device (gamma camera, SPECT or PET scanners) to provide information on organ function and cellular activity. Because disease begins with microscopic cell changes, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging have the potential to identify disease in an earlier, more treatable stage, often before conventional imaging and other tests are able to reveal abnormalities.
Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie. During a fluoroscopy procedure, an X-ray beam is passed through the body. The image is transmitted to a monitor so the movement of a body part or of an instrument or contrast agent (“X-ray dye”) through the body can be seen in detail.
Interventional Radiology
The interventional radiologist—who is trained in image-guided, minimally invasive therapies—directs a thin wire and a catheter, the size of a strand of spaghetti, through a blood vessel treat the source of pain or disease. Interventional radiology treatments often come with less risk, less pain, shorter recovery times and better outcomes than traditional (open) surgery.
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Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer early—before women experience symptoms—when it is most treatable. Mammography plays a central part in the early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before you or your physician can feel them. The American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend annual mammograms for women over 40. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds that women who have a personal or family history of breast cancer should talk to their doctor about when they should begin screening. (from


(Heart, lungs, and circulatory system)

Cardiothoracic radiologists specialize in all aspects of cardiac, vascular and thoracic disorders. Thoracic disease expertise includes interstitial lung disease, pulmonary infections, thoracic malignancies, occupational lung disorders, and smoking related lung injuries. Cardiac and vascular disease expertise includes ischemic and nonischemic cardiomyopathies, pediatric and adult congenital heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and noninvasive evaluation of thoracic and abdominal endoluminal graft repairs.  CIRA provides a full range of diagnostic examinations including chest radiography, chest CT, cardiac CT and MR, and vascular CT and MR.


(abdomen, reproductive, and urinary systems)

The subspecialty-trained radiologists in body imaging use various cross-sectional imaging methods, such as CT, MRI, and ultrasonography, to diagnose disease and conditions found in the major organs of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. CIRA has developed organ-specific protocols for each imaging technique allow for targeted, highly detailed examinations. Body imaging radiologists also perform image-guided diagnostic biopsies and aspirations.


(muscles and skeleton)

Musculoskeletal radiologists specialize in imaging of disorders of the bones, joints, and associated soft tissues using a wide variety of modalities, including conventional radiography, CT, ultrasonography, and MRI. These physicians have extensive experience with diagnosing all varieties of disease of the musculoskeletal system, including trauma and sports medicine, arthritis, and bone and soft tissue tumors. Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform image-guided arthrography, joint aspirations, and joint injections.


(brain, nervous system, spine, head, and neck)

Neuroradiologists specialize in all aspects of disorders involving the brain, spine, head and neck. Neurological disorders that are diagnosed by neuroradiologists include stroke, tumors, trauma, infection, genetic conditions, demyelinating diseases, neurodegenerative disorders, vascular diseases, spinal degenerative disease, and many more. CIRA has developed disease-specific and anatomy-specific protocols to provide our patients and referring providers the highest level of neurologic imaging. Our neuroradiologists can perform and interpret advanced neuroimaging studies including functional MRI, fetal MRI, MR spectroscopy, perfusion imaging, and CT/MR angiography. Minimally invasive treatments performed by neuroradiologists include lumbar puncture, myelography, vertebroplasty, spinal biopsies and aspirations.

Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging

(imaging at the cellular and molecular level)

The discovery of x-rays more than a century ago profoundly changed the practice of medicine by enabling physicians and scientists to see inside the living body. Today, modern medicine is undergoing another major transformation—and nuclear medicine and molecular imaging are on its leading edge, probing deep inside the body to reveal its inner workings. Unlike conventional imaging studies that produce primarily structural pictures, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging visualize how the body is functioning and what’s happening at the cellular and molecular level. The evolution in diagnostic imaging—from producing anatomical pictures to imaging and measuring the body’s physiological processes—is critically important to all facets of medicine today, from diagnosing disease at its earliest stage and developing more effective therapies to personalizing medical treatment. (from


(imaging of children)

Pediatric radiologists are specially trained to understand the unique needs in the imaging of children, from neonates to adolescents. Pediatric radiologists use the full spectrum of diagnostic modalities including conventional radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasonography, CT, and MRI to achieve the most accurate and timely diagnosis while using the least invasive method and lowest possible radiation. Our pediatric radiologists partner with the pediatric clinical team, radiologic technologists, and child life therapists to provide you and your child with the safest and most compassionate care.


Vascular and Interventional Radiology

An interventional radiologist—or IR—can help you. IRs are board-certified physicians who use imaging guidance to deliver minimally invasive, targeted treatments with a quicker recovery. IRs help treat many of today’s toughest medical problems, including cancers, vascular diseases, and men’s and women’s health conditions. Interventional radiologists are board-certified physicians who specialize in minimally invasive, targeted techniques to treat cancer, peripheral artery disease, aneurysms, stroke, varicose veins, uterine fibroids and a host of other conditions. Uniquely skilled and highly trained, interventional radiologists have developed many of the nonsurgical treatments available today and continue to pioneer minimally invasive modern medicine. CIRA boasts more than a dozen fellowship-trained interventional radiologists who studied at some of the most prestigious medical schools and hospitals in the country. CIRA interventional radiologists use X-ray, MRI, ultrasound and other means of imaging to advance a catheter in the body, usually in an artery, to non-surgically treat a patient at the source of the disease. Benefits to patients include less risk, less pain and a shorter recovery time compared to traditional, open surgery.

Neurointerventional Surgery

In this section, you will learn about the field of neurointervention, a specialty that relies on minimally invasive techniques that are transforming surgery and the way certain conditions in the brain and spine are treated. For your reference, we have included descriptions of many of these conditions – including stroke, aneurysms and spinal compression fractures – and information on how associated neurointerventional therapies are performed. If you or a loved one is suffering with one of these conditions, check out our Physician Locator in order to determine if there is a physician trained in neurointervention in your area. By educating yourself and taking control of your health, you could have access to advanced treatments that yield positive surgical outcomes while providing such benefits as less pain, shorter recovery time and fewer complications. CIRA’s fellowship-trained neurointerventional surgeons utilize minimally invasive techniques for the diagnosis and treatment of conditions of the brain, head, neck, spine and spinal cord. With advanced training in image-guided, minimally invasive diagnostic and endovascular surgical techniques, these experts perform neurointerventional procedures in dedicated angiography suites equipped with advanced MRI, CT, CT angiography, ultrasound and X-ray. For patients, the benefits of neurointerventional surgery are significant and include less risk than with traditional open surgery, smaller incisions, a quicker recovery and substantially less pain. CIRA experts provide neurointerventional surgical care for many conditions that previously were untreatable or required more invasive, open surgical techniques.

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