Diagnostic Radiology

Radiology (CT/MRI)

MCRG’s multidisciplinary team provides state-of-the-art imaging in cardiovascular medicine. MCRG has partnered with cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons and emergency physicians to develop a chest pain center in the diagnosis of acute patients presenting to our emergency departments. Our use of cardiac/coronary CTA has helped reduce hospital length of stay across the hospital system, thus reducing health care costs. We remain at the leading edge of cardiac CT applications.

We have developed the use of cardiac MR (CMR) for evaluation of patients with acquired and congenital heart disease. CMR allows us to assess cardiovascular structure, morphology and function in a non-invasive manner with no ionizing radiation. Common indications include myocardial infarction/CAD, ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies, myocardial perfusion, myocarditis, pericardial disease, valvular heart disease, vascular disease (aorta, pulmonary vessels, extremities, renal and mesenteric arteries).

Computed Tomography (CT)

Medical Center Radiology Group has been at the forefront of Computed Tomography for decades, bringing the first EMI scanner into service at what was then Orange Memorial Hospital in 1975. Each scan took 20 minutes. Fast forward to 2013, where the groundbreaking new multidetector scanners take 0.3 seconds to capture a beating heart and freeze its motion, or scan a child without sedation while minimizing radiation. CT scanner is the workhorse of modern diagnostic medicine, and is indispensable in trauma, cardiovascular and oncologic imaging.

MCRG physicians are responsible for creating the protocols and quality assurance for the multiple scanners installed throughout Orlando Health, while interpreting thousands of scans around the clock. They continually monitor image quality and reduce radiation exposure. Some exams require additional manipulation by radiologists on advanced computer workstations in order to extract the maximum diagnostic information. The latest advances in high speed CT imaging enable such diverse procedures as Transvascular Aortic Valve Replacement,
abdominal muscle flaps for breast cancer reconstruction, and stroke triage and intervention.

Our radiologists are focused on minimizing the radiation and contrast doses delivered during CT scanning, including recent projects in the care of patients with kidney stones and pulmonary embolism in partnership with Orlando Health. MCRG physicians collaborate with oncologists to collect CT data for multiple cancer trials and protocols. Reductions in contrast volumes throughout the institution have resulted in safer and more cost-efficient scanning, while maintaining the high diagnostic quality that distinguishes Orlando Health Radiology.

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