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MRI: Myth or Reality?

From seeing elegant pictures of our brain and spine, to definitely characterizing masses in the liver and guiding management of orthopedic issues, MRI has an established role in the delivery of optimal care. MRI is an amazing tool that allows us to see inside our bodies and helps us get answers about a wide variety of medical conditions.  As a radiologist who spends a number of hours each day reading MRI scans, I’m often asked questions by pat

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Your Radiology Report Part 2: Insid...

Last time I talked about some of the reasons radiology reports can be hard to read. Now I am going to discuss some insider tips for reading and understanding your radiology report. The radiology report is most often organized into 6 sections: Type of exam, Clinical information, Comparison, Technique, Findings, Impression. Let’s take these one at a time. Type of Exam. This shouldn’t be too much of a challenge. You had a CT scan of the chest. F

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Your Radiology Report Part 1: The P...

The simple truth is that radiology reports can be hard to read, especially for those without a medical background.  The combination of advanced medical technology and the wonderful subtle intricacies of the human body often result in a final document that more closely resembles a William Faulkner novel (translation: difficult to understand!) than Dr. Seuss.  The goal is to try to cull through the cacophony of medical jargon and get to what you

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The Role of the Radiologist in Your...

Radiologists are doctors who specialize in the diagnosis of disease through interpreting imaging exams. Many patients would be surprised to know that after they get an imaging study, there is a physician behind the scenes who carefully reviews all of their images, and uses the provided clinical history to form a diagnosis. Radiologists interpret radiographs, ultrasound, nuclear medicine exams, mammograms, CTs, and MRIs, and are often heavily invo

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