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What is Radiology?

A Brief Overview


Radiology is the branch of medicine that uses radioactive substances, electromagnetic radiation and sound waves to create images of the body, its organs and structures to prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Images can also show how effective the body and its internal organs and structures are functioning.

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Radiology was discovered a little more than 100 years ago and has evolved into a high-tech science with state-of-the-art equipment to aid in imaging every aspect of the body.

While, there has been concern over the potential harmful side effects associated with the use of radiation, it is believed the small risks are greatly outweighed by the information gained about a patient's condition and the contribution to medical science.

The NMMC Radiology Department offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services.

Click to view our specialty areas of radiology.