Radiology in Staten Island, NY
At RUMC, the Vascular Interventional Radiology Department performs approximately 2,000 procedures each year. Our board-certified and board-qualified radiologists offer various imaging modalities with advanced subspecialty fellowship training in their areas of expertise.
As the recipient of The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for quality and patient safety, we utilize only state-of-the-art equipment. We offer several different types of imaging modalities to diagnose and treat many diseases. These procedures give us a visual representation of what is going on inside the body in order to make a proper diagnosis and set up a treatment plan.
Vascular radiology also known as Interventional Radiology is a minimally invasive image-guided procedure. It is used to diagnose and treat diseases found across various organ systems. Through this procedure, we aim to reduce the risk to the patient while understanding their symptoms to improve their health. This form of radiology requires less recovery time and is less painful.
Nuclear Medicine imaging is unique in that it uses small amounts of radioactive materials known as radiotracers. These radiotracers are usually injected into the bloodstream but they can also be inhaled or swallowed. They then travel through the area that is being examined while giving off energy in the form of gamma rays. A special camera and computer are then able to detect these rays to create images that record what is going on inside that patient’s body.
A mammography is a special type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breast. It is used primarily to detect and diagnose breast-related diseases. This non-invasive procedure can detect tumors, lumps or breast cancer especially in patients who have not experienced any signs or symptoms of the disease.
Ultrasound imaging is a procedure that uses sound waves to produce a picture of the insides of the body. It is commonly used to examine women while pregnant. However, it can also aid in detecting the causes of discomfort, swelling and infections within the internal organs. It is a safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. It can also help in biopsies as well ad diagnosing heart problems. Ultrasounds are also capable of assessing the extent of damage after a heart attack.
PET stands for positron emission tomography. A PET scan produces three-dimensional, color images of your body using radionuclides. PET scanning is most commonly used in the diagnosis and assessment of cancer. However, it can be used to diagnose other conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy and heart disease.
X-rays are electromagnetic waves of high energy in short wavelengths, which are able to pass through many materials opaque to light. They produce a photographic or digital image of the inside of the body. They are commonly used to evaluate broken bones.
Magnetic resonance imaging, commonly known as an MRI is a procedure that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body. Most MRI machines are large tube-shaped magnets. The patient will lie inside the machine while the magnetic field realigns hydrogen atoms in your body. A computer will then create a detailed image of the patient’s internal organs and structures.
Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Radiology
Gastrointestinal radiology is a type of x-ray referred to as fluoroscopy, which produces images of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine. Through the fluoroscopy, internal organs are able to be seen in motion. A patient will have to ingest barium which will coat the Gastrointestinal tract. This will allow the radiologist is able to view how the organs are working. Genitourinary Radiology deals with the reproductive organs and the urinary system. This type of x-ray evaluates the uterus and the fallopian tubes.
CT Scan/CAT Scan
A CT scan or CAT scan is also known as X-ray computerized tomography or a computerized axial tomography. This is a non-invasive procedure that takes a 360-degree x-ray image of the patient’s bones, soft tissues, and blood vessels. This also allows for tumors to be easily seen which is an effective way to diagnose cancer. The scanner takes x-ray images from different angles to produce images of different parts of the body. A CT Scanner is a tube-shaped machine in which the patient must lie still. This procedure can take anywhere from a couple of minutes, to over an hour depending on what part of the body is being imaged.
We offer weekday appointments for vascular interventional radiology and offer evening and weekend appointments for the other modalities. We participate in all major insurance plans and HMOs.
Patients can call (718)-818-3280 to schedule an appointment.