Dr. Ferretti has been trained in three medical specialties.
Diagnostic radiology is a medical specialty focused on the use of imaging modalities to identify and diagnose a wide range of disorders and diseases. Diagnostic radiologists may subspecialize in areas such as breast imaging, chest radiology, head and neck radiology, cardiovascular radiology, neuroradiology, pediatric radiology, nuclear radiology and radiation oncology, among others.
Radiologists utilize imaging technologies such as CT scans, radiographs, fluoroscopies, MRIs, ultrasounds, and other modalities during the diagnostic stage. After successfully diagnosing the patient (or reaffirming the diagnosis made by another specialist), the radiologist may participate in the creation of a personalized treatment plan that may or may not include the use of radiation.
Diagnostic radiology is an area of medicine that provides care in conjunction with many other specialties. Radiologists may not always see or treat the patient directly, but will work with the referring physician behind-the-scenes to explain the findings or offer treatment advice. For example, a physician may order a diagnostic test to determine the status of an abnormal growth. The radiologist will then perform the proper imaging procedure, interpret the findings, and report them to the referring physician who will ultimately decide which treatment plan to pursue.
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Radiology is a medical specialty that utilizes a variety of medical imaging techniques to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer. Within radiology there are many subspecialties or areas, including emergency radiology, gastrointestinal radiology, cardiovascular radiology, breast imaging, interventional radiology and nuclear radiology, among others. Radiologists are trained physicians capable of performing image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to either diagnose or treat certain diseases – treatment techniques provided are often an alternative to other surgical methods.
In the diagnosis of disease, radiologists are trained to safely perform radiation based-imaging, including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), fluoroscopies, X-rays (protectional radiographs), computed tomography (CT) scans, ultrasound and nuclear medicine imaging techniques, among others. These imaging techniques allow radiologists to interpret and diagnose diseases such as cancer by identifying malignant growths of tumors that would otherwise go unnoticed or undiagnosed.
When radiologists provide patients with treatment options for diseases, they are able to offer less invasive, highly targeted procedures that will often replace more invasive and/or painful surgeries. For example, treatment benefits in interventional radiology usually include less risk, no large incisions, shorter recovery times, less pain and sometimes a lower cost.
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Vascular & interventional radiology, sometimes shortened to “interventional radiology,” is a specialty that utilizes a variety of minimally invasive medical imaging procedures to diagnose and treat a wide range of disorders and diseases, often times in place of more invasive surgical procedures. Physicians who practice Interventional radiology, called interventional radiologists or Interventionalists, are trained to perform minimally invasive and highly targeted diagnostic and treatment procedures. Procedures in interventional radiology are highly regarded due to their lower risk and generally short recovery times, as well as less pain and minimally invasive methods.
When practicing in this field, interventionalists utilize a host of different imaging techniques and equipment including computed tomography (CT) scanning, fluoroscopy (X-ray), sonography (ultrasound) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), among others. Procedures performed by interventional radiologists include diagnostic procedures such as image-guided biopsies to attain tissue and other samples for testing, as well as arteriography, Arteriogram and venography tests. When treating patients, Interventionalists may perform thoracostomy procedures to open the chest and drain fluids, recanalization of clotted blood vessels, peripheral and renal vascular interventions and genitourinary or gastrointestinal intervention procedures, among others.
Interventional radiologists are prepared to provide an array minimally invasive procedures. For example, these specialists can treat arterial disease, gastrointestinal complications, venous diseases, internal bleeding, blood clots, urinary tract and other obstructions, disorders of the kidneys, gynecologic conditions and a variety of pulmonary disorders, among many others. Because of the lower risk and less invasive methods of interventional radiologic procedures, many physicians recommend and prefer interventional radiology instead of fully-invasive surgery.
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