The roots of Austin Radiological Association (ARA) can be traced back to 1954, when Dr. Robert Snider arrived in Austin and began work as the first full-time radiologist at the original Seton Hospital. His goal was to offer “excellent patient care and radiological services to the Austin community.” He strove to make imaging services convenient for patients both in and out of the hospital and wanted Austin to have the best technology possible.
Toward this end, he began offering outpatient radiology services in a remodeled house at 2410 Rio Grande in 1956. His equipment then consisted of a diagnostic x-ray unit with fluoroscopy and two state-of-the-art radiation treatment units. By that time, his practice had grown enough to hire another radiologist and became known as the Austin Radiological Group (ARG).
In 1968, the group was officially chartered as Austin Radiological Association (ARA) and as Austin’s population expanded over the next 30 years, the group kept pace. In 1990, the association added nine new radiologists; six years later, they merged with Radiology Consultants and added ten more. Since then, more than 40 doctors have joined the practice.
Today, ARA is one of the largest providers of outpatient imaging in central Texas. ARA’s more than 90 radiologists include physicians with subspecialty training in interventional radiology, neuroradiology and neurointerventional surgery, body imaging, digital mammography and women’s imaging, musculoskeletal imaging, nuclear medicine, and pediatric radiology. With 17 outpatient imaging centers and 20 hospital locations in the area, every area resident has access to all modalities of outpatient imaging.
For over 60 years, ARA has committed itself to investing in the latest technology in order to provide the highest quality of care to referring physicians and patients in central Texas. Along the way, ARA has pioneered such imaging related services as multi-detector CT (64 slice), PET/CT, and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and is the only radiology practice in town with pediatric radiology and outpatient nuclear medicine studies. “Excellence in imaging” is the stated goal and continuing reality of ARA.