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Leading the Way in Breast Imaging

1st in Wake County to introduce breast-specific gamma imaging
1st to provide MRI-guided breast biopsy in Wake County
1st one of the 1st in the southeast to introduce 3D mammograms
1st in the Triangle to be designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology

 

Badges of Honor

Wake Radiology is proud to have received the highest accreditations possible from the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Learn more about our accreditations!

A History of Firsts

The history of Wake Radiology is a history of firsts—firsts in Raleigh, firsts in the Triangle, firsts in the state and even firsts in the nation. Founded in 1953 by Albert M. Jenkins, MD, FACR, Wake Radiology is proud to be the oldest and largest outpatient imaging provider in the Triangle.

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Wake Radiology’s first office in Cameron Village.

Our original office in Cameron Village 60 years ago was only 700 square feet and had one general purpose diagnostic X-ray machine. Raleigh had just 65,000 residents, and private radiology practices were rare in North Carolina. Ours was the first freestanding outpatient imaging and radiation therapy office in the area. The three X-ray technologists doubled as secretaries, and we saw a maximum of ten patients a day. Today, we provide our services at outpatient locations throughout the Triangle, plus two regional hospital systems including UNC REX Healthcare and Maria Parham Medical. Our growth began in 1961 when Wake County Memorial Hospital (renamed WakeMed Health & Hospitals) built a new hospital. Wake Radiology lead the radiology department for the main campus as well as its satellite hospitals for 53 years. Since the beginning, we have been fortunate to have expanded in our profession during decades that have seen tremendous advancement in knowledge and technical innovations. Wake Radiology has been first to introduce numerous methods of imaging as well as introducing subspecialized radiology to Wake County.

1960s

  • Introduced nuclear medicine*
  • First catheter angiography*
  • First lymphangiography*
  • Introduced vascular/interventional radiology*

1970s

  • Introduced outpatient ultrasound*
  • First outpatient neuro CT scan*
  • First outpatient body CT*

1980s

  • First nuclear cardiology exam*
  • First percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL)*
  • First nephrostomy, biliary and abscess drainage interventional procedures*
  • Opened first outpatient MRI facility*
  • Introduced orthopedic imaging***

1990s

  • First cardiac MRI*
  • First outpatient contrast-enhanced 3D MRA of the carotid, aorta, renal, mesenteric and peripheral arteries**
  • First vertebroplasty***
  • First fetal MRI**

Since 2000

  • First breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) in Wake County
  • Opened the area’s first dedicated, comprehensive breast imaging center in Cary
  • First outpatient provider in the Triangle to earn the American College of Radiology’s prestigious Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation
  • First multi-site provider in the nation — and the only one in the Triangle — to be certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) for bone densitometry
  • Opened the region’s only freestanding Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) facility through a joint venture with WakeMed
  • Introduced first dedicated outpatient pediatric imaging services in Wake County, offering X-ray, ultrasound, fluoroscopy and nuclear medicine

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