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.

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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 And follow Dr. Hallett on Twitter @CTerrific for updates throughout his time at the conference.

Rad Tech Week: Meet Erica Hightower

In honor of National Radiologic Technology Week, we’re highlighting our amazing technologists. Meet Erica Hightower. 

Mandy and Erica

Erica Hightower is one of our highly skilled Nuclear Medicine PET/CT technologists. She is responsible for administering radioactive isotopes to patients and imaging the body part that is indicated.

She has been a technologist for 20 years and an important member of the NWR team for 16 years.

Erica has a great way of putting patients at ease with her friendly smile, positive attitude and comforting tone.

“The best part of my job is getting to know the patients I care for,” Erica said.

Erica is also a busy wife and mom who enjoys watching her kids in their sports and activities, walking and playing with her dogs, and traveling, in her spare time.

A typical work day for Erica includes: injecting and scanning patients; working up the studies and making them presentable for the radiologist; acquiring patients’ previous exams for the next day’s schedule; calling patients and going over the preps; and ordering doses for the next day. She is committed to providing the best quality care, and she is an incredible asset to the NWR team.

Rad Tech Week: Meet Donna Faraci

In honor of National Radiologic Technology Week, we’re highlighting our amazing technologists. Today we’d like to introduce you to Donna Faraci.

Donna Faraci has been a valued member of the NWR team for 21 of her 41 years as a radiologic technologist. She is experienced in CT, mammography and general X-ray, and she rotates between all three of the NWR outpatient imaging centers.

“The variety of the modalities I cover keeps my job interesting,” Donna said. “I really enjoy CT the most as it keeps me moving constantly. The best part from patients is learning a little bit about them in conversation and getting hugs occasionally. The friendships I’ve made here with co-workers are irreplaceable — I count myself lucky in that respect.”

In her free time, Donna loves scrapbooking with friends. “I am an avid scrapbooker, along with several other techs. I really love to get away for weekend scraps with them.”

Donna’s work keeps her on her toes. “There doesn’t seem to be an average day at any office, the number of patients can vary widely. Some days I feel like I need roller skates to keep up and other days we can actually get lunch.”

Although the busy schedule can take a toll physically and mentally, Donna keeps an upbeat attitude and is always greeting patients with a warm smile.

Rad Tech Week: Meet Andy Moore

In honor of National Radiologic Technology Week, we’re highlighting our amazing technologists. Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our newest rad techs, Andy Moore.

Andy Moore recently joined the NWR team, and he performs PET/CT, Nuclear Medicine, and CT studies.

Andy received his degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology from IU School of Medicine. He has been working as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and PET/CT Technologist for almost seven years now and has been at NWR for three months.

“Dealing with the patients is easily the best part of my job. I do my best to make them laugh and feel comfortable with their exams. Sometimes you get someone that likes to joke around back with you, so it becomes a fun back and forth.”

When he’s not busy caring for patients, Andy does a lot of running and playing with his 9-month old son. “I do my fair share of reading and playing video games as well,” he said.

Some days Andy may scan up to 10-12 patients during his shift. “I eat a lot of lunches at the imaging console,” he said. But even during the busier, more challenging days, Andy maintains a positive attitude and finds the work nothing but rewarding.

“I’ve found that the best part of working here is my co-workers. Everyone has been so friendly and easy to get along with; and if you need help with anything they are always willing. It’s really a great team and a great place to work. I hope to be here for many years to come.”

We are happy to have Andy on the NWR team!