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The Department of Radiology at Montefiore Medical Center is comprised of a team of subspecialized radiologists that use advanced imaging to diagnose and treat medical disorders of all organ systems, including breast, musculoskeletal, neurological, cardiothoracic, abdominal and vascular injury and disease.

We use a Picture Archiving Communication System (PACS) to store all imaging studies electronically as well as facilitate communication and allow for optimal patient care.A referring physician can review a study throughout the hospital, as well as from their own office.

We offer digital mammography and perform imaging guided procedures to treat conditions such as brain aneurysms, vascular malformations, spine fractures, uterine fibroids, liver tumors and nerve compression. All of our doctors thoroughly understand the diseases and conditions associated with each subspecialty and tailor every patient exam accordingly.

With eight MRI units and 11 CAT scanners, the Department of Radiology delivers quality imaging services on state-of the art technology. We also have several outpatient imaging sites throughout the Bronx for your convenience.

Some of the exams and procedures we perform to aid in your medical care are:

CAT Scan

A computed axial tomography (CAT) scan uses X-rays and a sophisticated computer to view specific three-dimensional details of the body's anatomy. However, unlike traditional X-ray where the radiation beam comes from a stationary source, a CAT scan is created by rotation of the X-ray beam in a circle around the patient to obtain a cross-sectional image.

Learn how we use CAT scans to see and examine the internal anatomy in detail.

Mammography and Breast Imaging

Digital mammography is performed using a low-dose X-ray system to examine the breasts and and capture the image electronically. The examinationusually involves at least two images of each breast?one taken from the top and one from the side.

Read more here about mammography and breast imaging for prevention and diagnosis of breast cancer.

MRI

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a sensitive diagnostic test that uses powerful magnets to create high quality three-dimensional or cross sectional images of organs and specific areas inside the body. MRI differs importantly from CAT scans in that there is no exposure to radiation.

Learn more about MRI here.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a common, noninvasive diagnostic tool that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce dynamic images (sonograms) of organs and tissues inside the body. Doppler ultrasound evaluation may also be a part of an ultrasound study and can evaluate blood flow through a vessel (e.g. arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck). Unlike CAT scans and X-rays, ultrasound does not use radiation, and therefore is safe during pregnancy.

Understand how ultrasound uses sound waves to view internal structures.

X-Ray and Fluoroscopy

X-ray (radiography) is a standard diagnostic imaging technique for viewing various parts of the body that was invented more than 100 years ago. Fluoroscopy uses anX-ray beam that is passed through the area of interest.

Learn more about how X-ray and fluoroscopy uses electromagnetic radiation to see inside the body.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Interventional radiology is the growing practice of using radiological images to guide narrow tubes (catheters) and other tiny instruments through blood vessels and other parts of the body to both diagnose and treat various conditions.

Read more about how we use image guidance for minimally invasive procedures.

Interventional Neuroradiology

Interventional neuroradiology is the subspecialty field of conducting minimally invasive procedures to treat neurological diseases and subspecializes in image-guided technologies and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases of the head, neck and spine.

Learn more about interventional neuroradiology here.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is used for the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of diseases and disorders. It usually requires the administration of a small amount of a radioactive substance, also known as a radiopharmaceutical or tracer. Each tracer is designed to concentrate in a certain organ to show how that organ is functioning.

Learn more about nuclear medicine here.

Emergency Radiology

Emergency Radiology is the newest subspecialty division in the Department of Radiology. This Division was created to extend attending level interpretation of imaging studies to the overnight time period.  Attending emergency radiologists work 365 nights a year to provide overnight coverage for the Emergency Departments of our hospitals and clinics. They are also available on site for urgent inpatient consultations.

Learn more about emergency radiology here.