Radiology

At the Washington University Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (and our two satellite locations), our team of radiologists and technologists perform more than 500,000 imaging exams each year. This high volume gives us the experience and expertise to accurately diagnose even rare or hard-to-spot conditions.

An international leader in groundbreaking radiology research, the Washington University Physicians at Barnes-Jewish Hospital continue to pioneer new techniques to provide better patient care. We provide a fast, accurate diagnosis so you can get a treatment plan specifically tailored to your needs.

Radiology: Why Choose Us?

A radiology exam is often the first step in diagnosing—and determining treatment for—a medical condition. If your physician refers you to our facilities for medical imaging or testing to aid in diagnosing your condition, you may have questions about radiation safety and the differences between the various types of exams. Our team takes time to explain every step of the process so you can feel confident in your care.

Choosing the right place for your radiology exam ensures you will get the most accurate images possible. When you come to our radiology department, you will find:

  • Internationally recognized facility: The Washington University Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology is known worldwide for its groundbreaking research and pioneering radiologic techniques. The facility is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology, the gold standard in the field.
  • Experienced team: All of our radiologists are board-certified subspecialists. That means they have advanced training in their specific specialty, making them better able to detect even the smallest abnormalities. The radiologic technologists who perform your imaging tests are trained to take images quickly, using the least amount of radiation necessary to obtain a clear image. Meet our radiology team.
  • Convenient appointments: We’ve streamlined the appointment process so it’s easy to make an appointment with a referral from your physician. We also have extended hours and weekend appointments so you can schedule the exam at your convenience.
  • High volume: Our radiology team offers more than 2,000 different types of radiology exams—many of them not done anywhere else in the region. We perform more than 500,000 exams each year. These high numbers mean that our team can accurately diagnose even rare conditions or hard-to-spot abnormalities. 
  • Advanced technologies: As an academic center, we are among the first to offer new technologies as they become available. We use the latest advancements in imaging technology—including X-rays using digital radiography. These high-tech approaches mean better care for you, faster, more detailed images and a seamless transfer of information to your physician.
  • Safety: Exposure to radiation during imaging tests is a legitimate concern, and one our radiologists and technologists take very seriously. The protocols we follow ensure the lowest levels of radiation are used during testing in order to limit exposure. Our radiologists do not recommend multiple tests or more frequent tests unless they consider it absolutely necessary.
  • Personalized patient care: Each staff member works to provide you with comprehensive, individualized care. We take extra steps to put you at ease about your radiology exams. We answer any questions you might have, walk you through what the experience will be like and ensure someone will be with you every step of the way throughout the procedure. Find all of the patient information you need before your appointment.

Radiology Tests We Offer

We offer more than 2,000 types of radiology tests and procedures that fall into 9 different areas/categories. Please note: A physician referral is needed to schedule an appointment for any of these services: 

  • Computed tomography (CT): Computed tomography is a painless, noninvasive diagnostic procedure that produces detailed cross-sectional images of your body. We use it to create images of internal organs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels as well as detect tumors. Read more about CT scans.
  • Interventional radiology: Interventional radiology procedures are minimally invasive, offering less risk, less pain and a shorter recovery time as compared to surgery. Learn more about interventional radiology.
  • Neuroradiology: Neuroradiology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases of the brain, spine, head and neck. Find out more about neuroradiology.
  • Ultrasound: We commonly use ultrasound to see a fetus during pregnancy or to look at muscles, tendons and internal organs. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of the area(s) of concern. The images can reveal movement, such as blood flowing through blood vessels or movement of tendons. Get more information about ultrasound.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI): Magnetic resonance imaging is a painless, noninvasive diagnostic procedure that produces images of the body's internal structures by using a powerful magnet, radiofrequencies and a sophisticated computer. Read more about MRI.
  • Musculoskeletal imaging (MSK): These procedures help diagnose bone and joint conditions using imaging technology such as fluoroscopy, CT and ultrasound technologies. Read more about MSK.
  • Nuclear medicine: Nuclear medicine exams produce images of the body by using a special camera that detects energy emitting from the radioactive substance, called a radiotracer. Nuclear scans help our physicians diagnose many conditions, including cancers, injuries and infections. They can also show how organs like your heart and lungs are working. Read more about nuclear medicine.
  • Positron emission tomography (PET): PET scans are a type of nuclear medicine scan. The images they produce allow for diagnosis of tumors without the need for surgical biopsies. Read more about PET scans.
  • X-ray: X-ray is a noninvasive technique that produces pictures of the body's internal structures. For certain X-rays, you may need to swallow a contrast material or barium to make it easier to see the digestive or urinary tract system. Read more about X-rays.

Contact Us

For more information or to schedule a radiology appointment at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call 314.362.7111 or toll free 877.992.7111.

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