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Radiology is a medical specialty that uses x-rays and radioactive substances to help diagnose and treat disease.

Marshfield Clinic radiology features an experienced team of radiologists, medical physicists, nurses, and technologists whose expertise provides decision support to referring physicians and excellent care to patients.

Areas of imaging specialty include:

  • Mammography - A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breast. It’s used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women who either have breast problems such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge, as well as for women who have no breast complaints.  A mammogram is just one of the early detection tests for breast cancer.

  • Molecular Breast Imaging (MBI) - Molecular breast imaging is used with mammography. It should not be used as a replacement. Mammograms are best for screening imaging, while MBI lets your doctor see more clearly both healthy and diseased tissue. You may benefit from MBI if you have complex or dense breast tissue pattern.

  • CT and MRI - A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is a diagnostic imaging procedure that uses a combination of x-rays and computer technology to produce cross-sectional images of the body. A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, including the bones, muscles, fat, and organs in order to help diagnose tumors, investigate internal bleeding, or check for other internal injuries or damage.

  • MRI - A MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) exam studies the human body in a strong magnetic field producing detailed images of organs and structures within the body. MRI doesn’t use high-energy radiation like x-rays or CT scans.

  • General Radiography - The field of radiology began nearly 100 years ago with fluoroscopy and plain film imaging. Chest x-rays, skeletal films and abdominal series are among the most common images acquired for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment.

  • Interventional Radiology - Interventional radiologists offer novel, minimally invasive diagnostic techniques and therapies. They treat an ever-widening range of conditions by inserting small instruments or tools, such as catheters or wires, using a variety of imaging techniques (CT, MRI, ultrasound or fluoroscopy). Carotid artery stenting, repair of abdominal aortic aneurysms, cancer therapies and uterine fibroid embolizations are some of the procedures offered.

  • Mobile Services - The Marshfield Clinic's Mobile Health Screening Unit works with other health care providers, educators and agencies to screen, educate and refer women for continued care and treatment. The totally self-contained 40-foot-screening vans with medical staff provide a range of confidential health tests and screening services. To schedule an appointment or to have the van visit your community or place of employment, call 1-800-397-7094 .

  • Musculoskeletal Radiology - Musculoskeletal radiologists specialize in imaging of the skeletal system. including the bones and muscles of the body. They work with almost all medical and surgical specialties, but work most closely with orthopedics and rheumatology to diagnose bone and joint diseases.

  • Nuclear Medicine - Nuclear medicine utilizes small amounts of radioactive materials to examine organ function and structure. It’s often used to help diagnose and treat abnormalities very early in the progression of a disease, such as thyroid cancer.

  • Neuroradiology - Neuroradiologists specialize in imaging of the central nervous system, principally utilizing CT and MRI. They work closely with neurologists, neurosurgeons, spine surgeons and oncologists to define anatomy and assess neurologic function.

  • Radiation Physics - Radiation (Medical) Physics deals with the application of physical principles to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. Medical physicists are part of the medical imaging team, ensuring patient images are of the highest quality. They are also a resource for the physician and technologist, helping them better understand the technical aspects of the imaging methods so they can use them most effectively.

  • Ultrasound - Ultrasound is used to view the anatomic structure of internal organs, assess function with real-time imaging and guide interventions. Ultrasound procedures are often used to examine the abdomen, breasts, female pelvis, prostate, scrotum, thyroid and parathyroid, and the vascular system. During pregnancy, ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the development of the fetus.