X-Rays, Magnetic Imaging, Ultrasound and Nuclear Medicine Imaging and Other Radiology

When Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered X-rays in 1895, the field of radiology was born, allowing physicians to “see” inside the body to diagnose disease.

Today, radiology involves much more than X-rays. Advanced technology — magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound, nuclear medicine/positron emission tomography (PET) and other devices — allows physicians to see inside the body in new ways. In addition to X-rays, radiology uses sound waves, the body’s own magnetism, and radioactive substances inside the body to create images of the body.

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The Radiology Department at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin performs state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to detect and treat a wide range of diseases and injuries. More than 285,000 imaging procedures are performed each year for inpatients and outpatients, including patients seen at Froedtert & the Medical College primary care clinics. 

Board-certified Medical College of Wisconsin physicians in the Radiology Department are highly specialized in interpreting images of the breast, heart and blood vessels, head and spine, gastrointestinal (GI) tract and other areas of the body. Interventional radiologists are highly skilled in using imaging to guide many types of treatments.

The Radiology Department offers the complete spectrum of state-of-the-art imaging techniques and imaging-guided, minimally invasive procedures. The department is also a major training center for imaging students and physicians in many areas of radiology. Many radiologists in Wisconsin and throughout the country have trained at Froedtert & the Medical College. 

As an academic medical center, Froedtert & the Medical College have a long-standing commitment to research. Through clinical research trials, Medical College of Wisconsin physicians are studying new applications of imaging equipment and new technology. Many of these physicians are nationally and internationally recognized for their research as well as leadership in professional radiology organizations.

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