The Difference Between CT and MRI: Why and When to Use Which?

CT scans and MRI scans are two different medical imaging methods used to create detailed images of internal body parts, such as bones, joints and organs. They both help diagnose a wide range of medical conditions. They reduce the need for exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures. They both have similar uses, but they produce images in different ways.

 

Dr. Marc Underhill Discusses Migraines and Alzheimer’s on WISH-TV

Two-thirds of people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S. are women; women are three times more likely to suffer from migraines than men; and migraines are a significant risk factor for Alzheimer’s and dementia. Is there a connection between migraines and Alzheimer’s, and why are women more likely to have both? Northwest Radiology Network’s Dr. Marc Underhill talks with WISH-TV Channel 8’s Annessa Chumbley.

Vascular Lesions of the Upper Extremity in Athletes

Dr. HallettOur own Dr. Hallett recently presented at the AHA International Meeting and Scientific Sessions in Philadelphia on the topic of vascular lesions of the upper extremity in athletes. See Dr. Hallett’s presentation here:

Northwest Radiology Doctors Recognized as Indianapolis’ “Top Doctors”

Annual Indianapolis Monthly feature highlights best physicians in their fields

Northwest Radiology Network is pleased to announce eight of its doctors are included in Indianapolis Monthly as 2019 “Indy’s Top Doctors.”

The list honors the top board-certified specialists based on peer reviews and recommendations from other physicians.

“We are honored to see so many of our radiologists recognized this year, and many of them for multiple years in a row,” said Northwest Radiology Executive Director and CFO Linda Wilgus. “This annual guide of physicians and specialists highlights those professionals who have the expertise and experience as well as the respect of their fellow doctors. We are proud to be included on that list.”

Congratulations to the following radiologists from Northwest Radiology who are included on the 2019 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. His interests include advanced imaging for tumors, dementia imaging and csf leaks. 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.
Brian Jellison, MD
Brian Jellison, MD – Neuroradiology
Dr. Jellison’s interests include advanced, physiologic neuroimaging techniques along with ENT head and neck imaging. He also performs a wide range of neurointerventional procedures, with specialized experience in spine therapies. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his residency at University of Wisconsin. He then completed a fellowship in neuroradiology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
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 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.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Meyer as Musculoskeletal Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Susan J.F. Meyer, M.D., as a new musculoskeletal radiologist.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in biology from Indiana University, Dr. Meyer received her Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine.

She completed her radiology residency in diagnostic radiology at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis followed by a musculoskeletal radiology fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

She is board certified by the American Board of Radiology. She is also a member of the Radiological Society of North America and American Roentgen Ray Society.

Dr. Meyer has presented numerous lectures on the musculoskeletal applications of CT and MRI, particularly in the realm of sports injuries. She has taught radiology residents, musculoskeletal radiology fellows, primary care sports medicine fellows and orthopedic sports medicine fellows as well as podiatry residents. She has also contributed to a number of publications.

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

Dr. Marc Underhill Talks about Drowning with WTHR-TV

Most drownings and near-drownings occur during late spring and summer (May through August), and Northwest Radiology’s Dr. Marc Underhill recently spoke with WTHR-TV Channel 13 about drowning, the misleading term “dry drowning,” and symptoms to look for after having a water-related incident.

  • Drowning is the No. 1 cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1-4.
  • It is the No. 2 cause of unintentional injury-related death for children up to 14.
  • Drowning is a process of aspiration leading to hypoxia and eventually cardiac arrest. However, it is not synonymous with death: it can be interrupted.
  • “Dry drowning” or “secondary drowning” are both misleading terms propagated by social media – causing a lot of unnecessary panic surrounding the idea that some patients may worsen due to pulmonary edema after aspirating small amounts of water. (reference below or other articles)
  • Anyone who experiences consistent cough, breathlessness or other worrisome symptoms such as vomiting or extreme sleepiness within 8 hours of a water-related incident should seek medical advice immediately.
  • Prevention is key! Small children should be continuously and uninterruptedly supervised within arm’s reach while in the water, even if a lifeguard is present.
  • Other preventive measures are lifejackets, fences completely enclosing pools or ponds, and swimming and water safety lessons.

Northwest Radiology Network Welcomes Becker as Pediatric Radiologist

Northwest Radiology Network welcomes Richard Leroy Becker, M.D., as a new pediatric radiologist.

After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico and Purdue University, respectively, he worked as a field engineer for an oilfield services company. He was later commissioned in the United States Navy and returned to academic study, receiving his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

After training and serving as a U.S. Navy flight surgeon, Dr. Becker completed his residency in diagnostic radiology at Walter Reed in Bethesda, Maryland, the nation’s leading academic military medical center.  He served a total of 14 years on active duty, most recently as flight surgeon and staff radiologist at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, Florida, and remains active in the Navy reserve currently. He has received the Navy Commendation Medal three times as well as the Joint Services Commendation Medal.

Dr. Becker completed a fellowship in pediatric radiology at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiological Society of North America and the Society of Pediatric Radiology.

He has contributed to a number of publications and presentations on topics including glenohumeral joint sepsis; pre-natal evaluation of lower extremity anomalies; and non-refluxing, non-obstructed primary megaureter. 

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