The new and numerous faces of radiology

Though otolaryngology holds the title of the oldest medical specialty in the United States, the practice of creating concentrations within the medical field is rapidly evolving beyond the original divisions. Today, radiology is brimming with subspecialties. In fact, at Consulting Radiologists, Ltd., the physician staff hold 50 separate certifications in specialties ranging from breast imaging to pediatrics.The advent and development of computers provided the spark for imaging innovation, particularly computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound. According to Thomas Ibach, M.D., body imaging and diagnostic neuroradiologist and Medical Director of CRL Imaging Plymouth, the old days of radiology were characterized by fluoroscopy and plain film X-ray technology.

“I’ve been in radiology for 25 years, and the field has changed dramatically,” Dr. Ibach says. “Technology evolution, especially computer technology, has created many new methods of gaining clinical information about our patients. These noninvasive modalities, developed over the last few decades, reveal findings that were previously invisible to us.”

The advancements in technology allowed radiologists to gain new expertise and become adept at recognizing previously unseen disease processes. The subspecialties now available in the Twin Cities include body imaging, breast imaging, cardiac CT, chiropractic radiology, diagnostic radiology, diagnostic neuroradiology, interventional radiology, interventional neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear cardiology, nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography imaging and pediatric imaging. These subspecialized radiologists not only assist in patient care by conducting and analyzing exams, they ensure Consulting Radiologists, Ltd. is equipped with the most up-to-date technology.

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