Northwest Radiology Network is pleased to announce seven of its doctors are included in Indianapolis Monthly as 2018 “Indy’s Top Doctors”

Congratulations to the following radiologists from Northwest Radiology who are included on the 2018 Indianapolis Monthly Top Doctors list:

Peter D. Arfken, MD
Peter D. Arfken, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Arfken’s interests include body imaging and nuclear/PET imaging. He graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed a residency and fellowship in body imaging at Indiana University Medical Center.
Eric E. Beltz, MD
Eric E. Beltz, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Beltz’s expertise is head and neck radiology and neuroradiology. He received his doctorate degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and served as Chief Resident at the University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School at Camden. After completing his radiology residency, he completed a neuroradiology fellowship at Emory University.
Richard L. Hallett II, MD
Richard L. Hallett II, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Hallett’s special interests include cardiovascular imaging and cardiac CT angiography. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at Indiana University School of Medicine-Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular imaging at Stanford University Medical Center in California, where he continues to teach as Adjunct Assistant Professor Radiology.
Benjamin B. Kuzma, MD
Benjamin B. Kuzma, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Kuzma’s special interests include imaging of the brain, spine, head and neck. He performs vertebral augmentation, myelography and CT-guided biopsy. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in neuroradiology at The George Washington University Medical Center.
John A. Morton, MD
John A. Morton, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Morton’s specialties include nuclear medicine and PET imaging. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Indiana University Medical Center.
Frank J. Pistoia, MD
Frank J. Pistoia, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Pistoia’s special interests include imaging diagnosis and therapy of acute stroke as well as kyphoplasty. He is a senior member of the American Society of Neuroradiology and former President of the Indianapolis Stroke Coalition. He graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, completed a residency at Hartford Hospital and a neuroradiology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Lori J. Wells, MD
Lori J. Wells, MD – Diagnostic Radiology
Dr. Wells’ special interests include breast imaging and intervention. She graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a residency at Indiana University Medical Center.

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Linda Wilgus, Executive Director and CFO of Northwest Radiology Network, explains the importance of 3D mammography and why all insurance companies should cover 3D mammograms. Northwest Radiology actively advocates for legislation to mandate insurance companies cover necessary exams. Demand the coverage you deserve.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Dhaemers as Body Imaging Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Ryan Dhaemers, M.D., as a new body imaging radiologist.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Dr. Dhaemers received his Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

He completed his radiology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine followed by a body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) fellowship at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill.

Dr. Dhaemers is a member of the American College of Radiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Indiana Radiological Society, Radiological Society of North America and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He is also board eligible with the American Board of Radiology.

Dr. Dhaemers has contributed to a number of publications and citations on topics including progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, calcific tendinitis of pectoralis major, and superior sagittal sinus thrombosis.

His work has been published in Seminars in Neurology and Journal of the American College of Radiology.

Dr. Dhaemers joins one of Indiana’s largest and most experienced staff of physicians specializing in quality high-end imaging services.

Congratulations to Linda Wilgus for Global Achievement Award

Northwest Radiology Network Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus, CPA, MBA, has received the Global Achievement Award from the Radiology Business Management Association (RBMA).

The award recognizes an RBMA member’s outstanding time and talent contributions to the association.

RBMA is an industry-leading organization of more than 2,100 professionals who focus on the business of radiology. It connects members nationwide to valuable information, education and practice-related resources and serves as an authoritative industry voice on behalf of shared member interests.

“Each year, RBMA’s President is afforded the opportunity to bestow an award on a deserving member for his or her service to our organization, our colleagues and our profession,” said Thomas Dickerson, Ed.D, FACHE, RBMA Board of Directors President. “This year, I have selected Linda Wilgus to receive a Global Achievement Award. RBMA and its members are indebted to Linda for her service on leading our Federal Affairs advocacy efforts. This is a valuable service as we connect with legislative and regulatory initiatives.”

The announcement was made at RBMA’s 2018 PaRADigm Annual Meeting, the leading annual conference for radiology business professionals.

RBMA is the leading professional organization for radiology business management, offering high-value knowledge and applied business information for its members and the healthcare community, and helping shape the profession’s future.

For more information about RBMA, visit www.rbma.org.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes the Return of Jellison as Neuroradiologist

Northwest Radiology Network is thrilled to welcome back Brian Jellison, M.D.

Dr. Jellison is returning to the group after 10 years of leadership at X-Ray Associates of New Mexico, P.C.

Dr. Jellison received his bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from Butler University. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Jellison completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at the University of Wisconsin, where he was awarded the prestigious RSNA Roentgen Resident Research Award for his work in diffusion tensor imaging. He then completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Fourteen years ago, Dr. Jellison authored one of the first comprehensive reviews of brain DTI in the American Journal of Neuroradiology.

Today, along with advanced, physiologic neuroimaging techniques, Dr. Jellison focuses on ENT head and neck imaging. He also performs a wide range of neurointerventional procedures, with specialized experience in spine therapies.

Dr. Jellison is currently a member of the American Society of Neuroradiology, American Roentgen Ray Society, Radiological Society of North America, American College of Radiology, and Society of Physician Entrepreneurs. He is the founder of PhysicianShares.

Dr. Jellison joins one of Indiana’s largest and most experienced staff of physicians specializing in quality high-end imaging services.

Northwest Radiology Network Recognized as Best in Class for Human Resource Management

NWR HR Manager Melanie Lesser with Best-in-Class Award

Northwest Radiology Network has been recognized as best in class for human resource management among midsize employers by Gallagher Insurance and Risk Management.

Each year, Gallagher conducts a survey of their clients, looking for best practices in human resource management. Northwest Radiology is one of just two companies from Gallagher’s Indiana customer base that received this designation.

The best in class are experimenting with ways to manage total healthcare spending and were less likely to increase employees’ contributions to health plan premiums.

Midsize best-in-class employers also invest more in programs for employee wellness and disease management, measuring success through employee engagement and satisfaction as well as participation.

“Being honored for best-in-class human resource management includes having lower turnover rates, communicating strategically with our employees and having more focused employee engagement efforts,” said Northwest Radiology Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus. “We want to especially recognize our human resources manager, Melanie Lesser, for this accomplishment and all her efforts in making Northwest Radiology a great place to work.”

The recognition for achieving “Best-in-Class Performance for Human Resource Management” is based on an analysis of data from Gallagher’s 2017 Benefits Strategy & Benchmarking Survey, which collected benefit and human capital strategy findings from more than four thousand organizations of all sizes.

Meridian North Imaging Center Receives Best of Carmel Award

Staff at Meridian North Imaging Center receiving the award include (left to right): David Petty, Andy Moore, Erica Hightower, Lani Kruchten, Paul Weber, Jenna Pfeiffer, and Siera Candler

Meridian North Imaging Center has been selected for the 2017 Best of Carmel Award in the Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center category by the Carmel Award Program.

Meridian North Imaging Center is among a very small group of companies that have won the Best of Carmel Award for five consecutive years. This distinction has qualified the imaging center for the 2017 Carmel Business Hall of Fame.

Each year, the Carmel Award Program recognizes “local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community.”

“We are honored to receive this recognition for the services we provide in Carmel,” said Northwest Radiology Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus. “We are proud of the committed, compassionate care our staff delivers at Meridian North Imaging Center.”

Meridian North Imaging Center opened in 2006. It is the first outpatient facility to have a dedicated stationary PET/CT scanner.

For more information about Meridian North Imaging Center, click or tap here. To schedule an appointment, call (317) 972-9669 or (800) 400-9729.

Elastography: A Non-Invasive Approach to Measuring Liver Damage

By Kelly Horst, M.D.
Diagnostic Radiologist, Northwest Radiology Network

The importance of the liver to the body’s overall health is often underrated. This critical organ detoxifies chemicals, makes important proteins for the body and produces enzymes for digestion. Scarring of the liver, by liver fibrosis or liver disease, makes it work less efficiently.

The more scarring there is, the lower the function. So it’s important for physicians to be able to measure the degree of damage to a patient’s liver tissue.

Prior to the development of ultrasound elastography, the only way to measure liver damage was through a biopsy. This invasive procedure involves risk, including a risk of bleeding, a risk of infection, and a risk of obtaining poor samples.

With elastography, doctors have a newer tool to quantify a person’s risk of liver scarring and fibrosis non-invasively. Northwest Radiology Network is proud to offer ultrasound elastography in conjunction with St. Vincent Hospital at its 86th Street campus.

Elastography is useful in detecting stiffness in the liver, something doctors have known for centuries is often associated with abnormal tissue. By measuring stiffness of the liver, it can provide diagnostic information about the presence or status of disease.

To be clear: elastography does not replace liver biopsy, which is still considered the gold standard to evaluate liver tissue for fibrosis and cirrhosis. But elastography has been shown to be very helpful in determining risk for future liver damage or staging of ongoing liver disease.

And because fibrosis of the liver is diffuse, a standard biopsy can miss the diseased portion, resulting in a false negative diagnosis. Elastography, on the other hand, looks at a more representative sample of the organ.

ElastQ Imaging features a large, resizable, color-coded Region of Interest that provides quantitative stiffness analysis and the ability to perform multiple measurements on a single image. (Philips, used with permission.)

Like any ultrasound, it involves using a probe that is positioned over the skin and takes extremely high-quality pictures of the liver. The procedure is quick and completely painless.

Even more exciting than ultrasound elastography is magnetic resonance (MR) elastography, which Northwest Radiology expects to begin offering soon. MR elastography has proven to be even more accurate in determining risk for fibrosis and scarring, and has a superior capability in evaluating additional liver anatomy.

If you are diagnosed with liver disease or are at risk, or are a physician with patients showing symptoms of liver damage, elastography may be the non-invasive tool you need in assessing the disease and charting a path for treatment.

Dr. Richard Hallett II Presenting at RSNA Annual Conference

Dr. Richard Hallett II is a leading expert in cardiovascular imaging. In addition to serving as Northwest Radiology’s chief in this field, he works as an adjunct assistant professor of radiology at the prestigious Stanford University. Hallett was recently named one of Indianapolis Monthly’s “top docs” for the fourth time.

Dr. Hallett will be presenting on Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) and CTA of the Lower Extremity at the RSNA Annual Conference in Chicago on Friday, December 1 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

PAD is a common cause of morbidity and mortality in developed countries. This disease is a circulatory problem in which narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs, most commonly in the legs. As stated in Dr. Hallett’s presentation, “Imaging for risk stratification and therapeutic planning traditionally involved catheter angiography. In recent years, cross-sectional imaging by CTA and MRA has proven a robust technique for non-invasive PAD assessment.” See Dr. Hallett’s presentation embedded below or click/tap here to view in another tab.

For more information about the RSNA, visit http://www.rsna.org/. And follow Dr. Hallett on Twitter @CTerrific for updates throughout his time at the conference.