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Wake Radiology Rises Above

100-percent-board-certified ✔  100% of Wake Radiology radiologists maintain all required certifications through the American Board of Radiology.*

✔  All images are read and interpreted by a board certified, subspecialty trained radiologist.

*Most local and regional radiology options have 20% compliance with these standards. Public Policy Polling, 2012.

Badges of Honor

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

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 Wake Radiology Adult Procedures

Wake Radiology combines clinical expertise and advanced radiology technologies to provide a full range of imaging studies to detect, diagnose and stage disease for acute and chronic conditions. We also assess and treat orthopedic and sports-related injuries as well as perform a wide variety of minimally invasive interventional procedures. Plus, we offer a full range of important health screenings, including 3D mammography and PET-CT Amyvid studies to help rule out Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more The following provides descriptions as well as prep instructions for some common adult imaging procedures:


Bone Density Screening (DXA)

A non-invasive, accurate, inexpensive way of detecting osteoporosis.

Breast MRI

Compared to mammography, Breast MRI is a completely different way of looking at the breast. It is an advanced tool using sophisticated computers and 3-D techniques that looks deep into the breast to discover abnormalities that might not be visible in other exams.

Cardiac Calcium Scoring

Coronary artery calcium scoring (CCS) is a proven, non-invasive, method that can directly identify plaque build up in the coronary (heart) arteries.

Central Venous Access Catheters

Central venous access devices are small, flexible tubes placed in large veins for people who require frequent access to the bloodstream. They allow medications to be delivered directly into larger veins, are less likely to clot, and can be left in for long periods.


CT scanning—sometimes called CAT scanning—is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Kyphoplasty and Vertebroplasty

Balloon Kyphoplasty is a minimally invasive, orthopedic treatment that stabilizes spinal fractures, thereby reducing the pain and correcting the deformity, when possible. Vertebroplasty does not use the balloon and does not attempt to correct the deformity. In some cases this simpler procedure is more appropriate.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an amazing technology that creates images for a radiologist to interpret from the water in your body. Giant magnets allow your body to receive radio waves and “echo” them back. A computer uses the information within the echoes that bounce back from your body to create images.


Mammography is the process of using low-dose amplitude-X-rays to examine the human breast and is used as a diagnostic as well as a screening tool for the detection of breast cancer. Wake Radiology offers both 2D and 3D mammography. Learn more

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a method of imaging the body using radioactive materials. Highly skilled professionals use special equipment and procedures to learn how certain organs function and to diagnose and determine the extent of diseases.

Management of Pleural Effusions and Ascites

Malignant pleural effusions can cause severe shortness of breath and even respiratory failure. Simple drainage of the fluid can be performed on an outpatient basis for relief of symptoms and for diagnosis.


Bone tumors are the third most common form of tumor spread outside of the primary cancer. Some tumors (e.g. multiple myeloma) are primary to bone. These tumors destroy the bone causing defects in the bone.


Positron emission tomography, also called PET imaging or a PET scan, is a type of nuclear medicine imaging to detect cancer and to determine if it has spread to other parts of the body.

Radiofrequency Catheter Ablation (RFA)

This procedure is the most commonly available ablative technique and has been used in the liver, lung, bone, adrenal and kidney for treatment of tumors up to 6 cm in diameter. A special needle is placed into the target lesion using x-ray, CT, or ultrasound guidance.


A diagnostic ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique that sends high frequency sound waves into the body to produce images of soft tissues and internal organs.

Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE)

Fibroid embolization is performed by an interventional radiologist, a physician who is specially trained to perform this and other types of embolization and minimally invasive procedures. The interventional radiologist makes a small nick in the skin (less than 1/4 of an inch) in the groin and inserts a catheter into an artery.

Varicose Vein Ablation

Venous insufficiency is a very common condition resulting from decreased blood flow from the leg veins up to the heart, with pooling of blood in the veins. Normally, one-way valves in the veins keep blood flowing toward the heart, against the force of gravity. Wake Radiology offers several procedures for the treatment of varicose veins.

Varicocele Embolization

A varicocele embolization is a nonsurgical treatment performed by an interventional radiologist and is as effective as surgery with less risk, less pain, and a shorter recovery time.


Radiography, more commonly known as X-ray, is the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging. Conventional diagnostic radiography uses small doses of ionizing radiation to produce diagnostic pictures of the human body on film. The image is created when the X-ray passes through bone and tissues onto film or a digital-image recording plate.



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