Overview of the Diagnostic Radiology Program
The Diagnostic Radiology Program at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Imaging Institute offers a range of state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging services. All tests are performed by technologists or physicians who use cutting-edge equipment to produce high quality images that assist in disease diagnosis.
The Diagnostic Radiology Program team is committed to providing a Patients First experience that is unique in the field of diagnostic imaging.
Images are interpreted by Western-trained, board-certified physicians who have completed additional fellowship training in neuroradiology, abdominal radiology, thoracic radiology, or cardiovascular radiology. Before, during, and after each imaging test, highly skilled technologists and nurses work closely with every patient to assure their medical needs are met.
What We Treat
The Imaging Institute’s Diagnostic Radiology Program supports all other Institutes at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi to facilitate timely and accurate disease diagnoses. The program team takes part in a range of cross-specialty collaborations throughout the hospital to conduct imaging evaluations.
Evaluations Offered by the Diagnostic Radiology Program
Diagnostic Radiology Program neuroradiologists work closely with physicians from the Neurological Institute and the Eye Institute, as well as head and neck surgeons, to provide imaging for:
- Back pain
- Visual disorders
- Head and neck tumors
- Brain tumors
- Multiple sclerosis
Thoracic radiologists collaborate with thoracic surgeons and Respiratory & Critical Care Institute physicians to offer imaging for the diagnosis of:
- Interstitial lung disease (a group of disorders characterized by the scarring of deep lung tissue)
- Tumors of the lung and mediastinum (the partition of the thoracic cavity)
Abdominal radiologists who are part of the Diagnostic Radiology Program meet the diagnostic needs of the Digestive Disease Institute and urologic surgeons to assist their patients with:
- Abdominal pain
- Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
- Swallowing disorders
- Renal stone disease
- Gastrointestinal and abdominal tumors
- Tumors of the genitourinary tract (the genital and urinary tracts)
Diagnosis & Treatment with Diagnostic Radiology
A patient is typically referred to Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi’s Imaging Institute by a physician who requires an imaging study to accurately diagnose the patient’s condition. The type of study needed depends on the patient’s symptoms and medical history. For each kind of test, the patient is given specific preparation instructions.
Diagnostic Radiology Program caregivers perform a full range of imaging studies, including:
- Computed Tomography (CT): This is the primary diagnostic and follow-up method for oncologic imaging, acute chest and abdominal pain, evaluation of traumatic injuries, and cardiovascular disease. A CT scan, which only takes a few seconds, uses x-ray beams to take multiple images of organs in almost any part of the body. In some cases, the patient may need to have an injected or oral dose of a contrast agent, a special dye that enhances the visibility of the image.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): An MRI scan, which uses magnetic beams to create images of organs, is acquired over a 30-60 minute period and involves no exposure to x-ray radiation. MRIs are often used for taking images of the brain and spinal cord, the joints, specific abdominal organs (particularly the small bowel, liver, pancreas, and prostate), and the heart. The patient may need to have an IV or oral dose of contrast agent, a dye that improves image visibility.
- Ultrasound: Ultrasound scans use sound waves emitted by a probe that is glided over the skin. This imaging technology helps in the diagnosis of diseases of the thyroid, kidneys, gallbladder, veins, and arteries. An ultrasound may take approximately 30 minutes to complete, but the duration depends on the part of the body being examined. Some ultrasound scans require the patient to fast for four hours or drink enough water to fill the bladder prior to the study.
- X-ray: X-rays use small quantities of electromagnetic radiation to take “photos” of different parts of the body. They are most often used to obtain images of the bones. Typically, no preparation is necessary for this test.
- Fluoroscopy: A fluoroscopy uses x-ray beams to show a moving image of a specific organ or area of the body. Diagnostic fluoroscopy is most often used for studies of the digestive or circulatory systems. A contrast agent, a dye that improves the visibility of the image, is often necessary for this study.
- Bone densitometry: A bone densitometry test, also referred to as a DEXA scan, uses x-ray beams to measure how dense the bones are. Low bone density may indicate a condition called osteoporosis. The scan, which may take about 10 to 30 minutes, usually does not require any preparation.
Diagnostic Radiology Program Caregivers
The Diagnostic Radiology Program’s multidisciplinary team of caregivers is a collaboration of highly specialized physicians, nurses, and technologists. Caregivers involved in patient care for this program are:
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- X-ray technologists
- Ultrasound technologists
- CT technologists
- MRI technologists
- Imaging nurses