Body imaging radiologists specialize in interpreting exams and diagnosing diseases related to the chest, abdomen and pelvis — most commonly in the lungs, liver, stomach, spine, pelvis, kidneys, colon, and pancreas. Body imaging specialists often work closely with nuclear medicine radiologists in the follow-up, staging and treatment of cancers.
Body imaging specialists complete an additional year of fellowship training and are experts in reading MRI, CT, Ultrasound, X-ray and Fluoroscopy. About 20% of the 120+ physicians at Radiology Associates of North Texas specialize in body imaging, which provides a rich knowledge base from which all our doctors can consult and collaborate on patient cases. Many of our body imaging physicians also perform less invasive procedures like image-guided biopsy and drain placement.
Exams read by our Body Imaging Specialists
- Computed Tomography (CT) exams of the chest, abdomen and pelvis.
- MRI exams of the Abdomen and Pelvis
- Ultrasound exams of the abdomen and pelvis
- X-ray exams of the chest, abdomen and pelvis
Specialty exams read by our Body Imaging Specialists
- MRI Enterography – a specialty procedure for patients with bowel diseases, like Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease. This procedure helps gastroenterologists understand a patient’s response to a particular therapy and guides future treatments.
- CT Colonography – a less invasive alternative for people who can’t or don’t want to undergo a traditional colonoscopy.
- MRI for liver cancer staging – allows doctors to measure the size of lesions, identify whether the patient will qualify for a transplant and determine how the patient is responding to treatment.
- Drain Placement – For patients with large wounds or sites of significant infection, drains are often placed to allow fluid to drain from the body and expidite healing of the area.
- Image Guided Biopsy – is a simple procedure where the radiologist uses X-Ray imaging to guide a needle into an area of suspicious tissue. A small portion of the suspicious tissue is removed and sent to a pathologist for further testing. Biopsies are performed to gain addition information on suspected tumors or infections.
- Pancreatic Disease Treatment Imaging – Our Body Imaging specialists provide imaging support to one of our hospital partners’ revolutionary treatment alternative to a pancreas transplant. This new procedure involves the injection of new cells into the pancreas in order to grow other new cells.