Using the most qualified radiologists to interpret a patient’s medical image study is what sets Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky apart from its competitors, says Chad Wiggins, CEO.

“We have a tremendous focus on delivering a quality interpretation to our patients and to our referring physicians,” says Wiggins. Using radiologists trained in subspecialties is a key component of that interpretation.

For example, if there’s an orthopedic magnetic resonance image (MRI) study Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky will have a musculoskeletal radiologist read those images. “So you’re going to get a highly subspecialized interpretation,” says Wiggins.

Although there is a valuable need for general radiology, he says the process is trending more toward a subspecialized approach, “Which is what we’re striving towards every day.”

Doctors at Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky use and interpret many different types of medical images, including X-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, positron emission tomography (PET) and ultrasound, says Wiggins.

Dramatic advances in technology have been made in the field of radiology in the last five-to-seven years, he says. How dramatic have the advances in technology been? “It’s literally apples and refrigerators, meaning radiology from 1995 to 2015 you could not even recognize it,” says Wiggins. 

“It went from truly hanging film, meaning there were darkrooms that would they would take the image, they would process that film, that film would then be hung and then our physician would literally look at the physical film and make an interpretation.

“Now, because of the technology advances and dramatic advances in the last five to seven years, the speed, the accuracy, the depth and breadth of ability to provide the diagnosis—all of that has improved exponentially through the use and management of technology,” says Wiggins. 

One of those technological advances that Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky is using in the world of mammography is tomosynthesis, which produces a three-dimensional image of the breast. “The tomosynthesis process allows for a more accurate diagnosis on a mammography screen, therefore rendering higher quality service to the female patient,” Wiggins says. “That’s extremely valuable.”

Once the diagnosis is completed radiologists at Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky become an expert for the physician treating the patient, he says. “We become a very strong support mechanism to all of our referring physician partners thereby allowing them to manage the care of their patients in the most accurate and caring way possible,” says Wiggins.

Quality assurance is a process that’s taken seriously at Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky, he says. “We have a very strong internal process to manage that and to ensure that our physicians are meeting our very stringent internal quality metrics such that we deliver the highest quality with the lowest variability in the marketplace.”

Radiology Associates of Northern Kentucky provides 24-hour radiological services for Northern Kentucky’s major health care facilities. It is the exclusive imaging interpretation provider for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, says Wiggins.

The company, which now employs more than 30 fellowship-trained radiologists, was started in 1949.