Advanced Radiology Services offers comprehensive radiology services within the healthcare facilities we serve. Additional in-depth information about health related issues, radiology exams and treatments is available at the below website links. ARS does not endorse these websites or warrant the accuracy of their content.
To learn more about Interventional Radiology procedures, you may also call our Interventional Radiology office at 616.459.7225.
- Q: What is Radiology?
- Q: What is a Radiologist?
- Q: What is the benefit of having a subspecialist as my radiologist?
- Q: How are the patient's medical images viewed and stored?
Q: What is Radiology?
A: Radiology refers to the specialized branch of medicine that creates and interprets images of the body to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease or injury. A number of methods are used to capture medical images. Over the decades, radiology has advanced into a high-tech science using state-of-the-art equipment and new diagnostic and interventional procedures. Some of the most commonly used radiology techniques include X-ray, Angiography, Fluoroscopy, Mammography, Ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Bone Densitometry (Dexa-Scan). For a description of these techniques, please see our services page.
Not all radiology procedures involve the use of ionizing radiation, such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance. Examinations that do require ionizing radiation are performed at closely monitored levels considered safe. The use of ionizing radiation in children is a special concern and one which our pediatric radiologists have addressed with stringent protocols to minimize dose while maintaining exam quality.
Interventional radiology is a subspecialty of radiology that uses medical imaging to diagnose and percutaneously (via needle-puncture of the skin) guide treatment of medical conditions throughout the body. Many of the procedures performed by interventional radiologists have eliminated the need for surgery and offer solutions for patients with conditions where traditional surgery is not an option.