Is the Radiologist who will be assessing your images fellowship-trained or have dedicated expertise in the body part being imaged?
All physicians at Radiology Associates of South Florida (RASF) are fellowship-trained or have dedicated expertise in one of the subspecialties in Radiology such as: cardiac imaging, neuroradiology, body imaging, nuclear medicine including PET-CT, musculoskeletal radiology, ultrasound, pediatric radiology, breast imaging, and emergency radiology. This means that those physicians underwent additional training in a specific subspecialty area in Radiology, have focused expertise in this specific area and have seen a significant number and variety of cases in that specific field. As a result, you can rely on more accurate and precise results for your diagnosis. Please click on our physician directory to see the credentials of RASF radiologists.
Does the imaging facility have state-of-the-art technology?
Baptist Health of South Florida (BHSF) imaging facilities offer the latest in imaging technology including 1.5 and 3.0 Tesla MRI scanners, multi-detector CT scanners with low radiation dose techniques, modern PET-CT technology, ultrasound, digital radiography, digital mammography, PET mammography, bone density and fluoroscopy machines.
Does the imaging facility have American College of Radiology (ACR) accreditation?
Each facility needs to comply with minimum ACR standards in order to follow established national protocols and guidelines and ensure patient safety. All Baptist Health of South Florida Outpatient Imaging Centers and Hospitals have ACR Certification.
Does the imaging facility provide techniques to minimize radiation exposure to patients undergoing CT or fluoroscopy studies?
Radiologists at RASF were the first in Miami and Broward Dade counties to develop and implement CT protocols tailored to each patient based on age and Body mass index (BMI) to minimize radiation exposure and maximize image quality. Also, the recent introduction of Iterative Reconstruction, available only as an upgrade or in new CT machines, can decrease radiation exposure to patients by 40-50%.
Does the imaging facility have Picture Archive Computer System (PACS)?
If you have an imaging study done in any of the BHSF facilities such as outpatient centers, urgent care centers or hospitals, your image will be stored and available in the PACS system allowing for future comparisons. This is very important because it enables the Radiologists and referring physicians to determine if an imaging finding is stable, progressing or regressing, thus avoiding duplicate tests and additional unnecessary and possibly costly work-up.
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