Radiology

Looking for a radiologist in San Diego?

Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups is your source for a list of physicians with professional experience in radiologic methods. Imaging procedures are among the most valuable tools physicians have in the diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury. Physicians practicing in the field of radiology most often work with other physicians, reviewing and providing their expertise in interpreting patient images. Some radiologists specialize in radiation therapy or radiation oncology, in which case they will design a special radiation treatment plan to address specific diseases in specific body parts. Some of the most common medical imaging techniques include X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET), and ultrasound.

There are two main types of radiology: 1) diagnostic radiology, used to help radiologists or other physicians form diagnoses, monitor the effectiveness of treatment, or screen for conditions such as breast cancer, lung disease, or heart disease; and 2) interventional radiology, which is the use of minimally-invasive technology to detect and treat a wide range of health conditions and diseases. Technological advances are enabling interventional radiologists to offer patients and other physicians a host of treatment options that were never available before.

An interventional radiologist may help treat several common conditions, including: certain cancers and tumors, blockages in veins and arteries, fibroids in the uterus, back injuries, gallbladder conditions such as gallstones, and thyroid disorders. Radiologists may perform interventional radiology procedures for a full range of conditions, a few examples include: angioplasty, stent replacement, catheter embolization, needle biopsies of different organs, radiofrequency ablation, vertebroplasty, breast biopsy, feeding tube placement, and the injection of cancer treatments at the site of the tumor.

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Aids in Decision-Making

Radiologists use medical images to diagnose diseases. The earlier an illness or disease is identified, the sooner treatment can be started.

Breast cancer diagnosis is much easier now that mammography has become a standard of care.  The more we know about a disease, the more we can do to fight it.

  • Mammography has reduced breast cancer mortality by nearly 30% since 1990
  • Orthopaedists use x-rays to determine the need for surgery
  • Medical teams include radiologists for treatment planning
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MRIs, CT and Other Scans

There are a number of different ways for radiologists to create images of possible damage or disease. Some of these tests are non-interventional, but others involve injection of radioactive agents into the bloodstream.

Working with a referring physician, a radiologist may use one or more of these tests.

  • X-rays
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Ultrasound
  • CT (Computerized Tomography) Scans
  • PET (Positron Emission Tomography) Scans
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Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy is a treatment therapy using radiology. It is typically used to shrink or kill cancer cells by disrupting the cancer cell’s ability to reproduce.

Radiation therapy can be very effective in treating cancers, but as a patient you should be prepared for some of the side effects.

  • Radiation sunburn
  • Fatigue is a common side effect of radiation therapy
  • Radiation therapy can shrink tumors to relieve pressure from the tumor
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