Department of Radiology at Northwell Health Cancer Institute
At Northwell Health Cancer Institute, the diagnostic and interventional radiology services are on the leading edge of cancer diagnosis and treatment, including providing patients with the most advanced and minimally invasive options available.
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. These images help with diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other health problems. Images can also show how well the body and its internal organs and structures are working. Diagnostic radiology is the process of creating images of the body, its organs, and other internal structures with external radiation. Diagnostic radiology techniques include the use of X-ray tubes that emit radiation, radionuclides, ultrasonographic devices, and radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation.
When using the Department of Radiology at Northwell Health Cancer Institute, patients have access to the largest group of subspecialized, fellowship-trained radiologists on Long Island. Through the computer system (PACS), patient images can be viewed by the expert organ-specific consulting radiologists with the highest level of interpretive skills to assure the most timely, accurate recommendations for each care plan.
In addition to board certified radiologists, patients are cared for by a team of registered nurses and certified technologists who are committed to quality and offer exceptional clinical service. The imaging centers are located at a variety of locations for patient convenience, and open Monday through Friday with evening and weekend appointments available.
Diagnostic Radiology Services
Maintaining one of the largest groups of sub-specialized, fellowship-trained radiologists in the New York metropolitan area, the extensive imaging capabilities support the full spectrum of diagnostic goals, including primary diagnosis, tracking of treatment progress, pre-surgical testing and post-operative analysis.
The use of the latest technological advances ensures the output of consistently high-quality images of uncompromising quality, helping to make accurate diagnosis quickly and expedite rapid, precise follow-up care.
While chemotherapy and radiation therapy remain the mainstays for treatment, interventional radiology presents an alternative and effective mode of therapy for treating certain types of cancer. In patients with poor venous access (difficulty when a doctor tries to insert a needle into a vein) who require chemotherapy, the use of image-guidance to place venous access devices such as mediports, tunneled catheters and PICC lines can serve as a lifesaving measure.
The team of board certified, fellowship-trained interventional radiologists perform minimally invasive biopsies, percutaneous ablation techniques (including radiofrequency ablation, microwave ablation and cryoablation), chemotherapy and radiotherapy embolization and percutaneous drainage and diversion procedures to treat tumors, manage pain and significantly improve the quality of life for patients.