Anchor: Welcome back to We Are Austin. They’re giving you an inside look at the state of your health. Dr. Simon Trubek from ARA Diagnostic Imaging is here to tell us how their expertise can help detect and treat illnesses. Nice to have you back. Happy holidays.
Dr. Trubek: Thanks for having me back.
Anchor: So what exactly is a Radiologist?
Dr. Trubek: So a Radiologist is a doctor, a medical doctor, we go to college for four years and then we go to medical school for another four years. After that we have a year of internship, and then four years after that of just radiology training. After that, you choose a sub-specialty and you spend another year to two depending on the specialty you choose to highly specialize.
Anchor: Yeah, so really specialized. You guys are the experts. So how do you use imaging and radiology to help patients?
Dr. Trubek: So when a patient goes to see their doctor, and if the doctor feels like the patient needs an x-ray or any sort of imaging, we’re the doctors behind the scenes. So we actually look at the imaging, look inside the patient’s body and advise the clinician as to what to do.
Dr. Trubek: What’s wrong, what’s not wrong, and we have a variety of different imaging modalities that we can use to, you know, to look inside and consult.
Anchor: So which forms of imaging use radiation?
Dr. Trubek: Well, many do but let me first say there are many form of imaging that don’t use radiation like ultrasound technology and MRI for instance. So ultrasound uses waves, sound waves, to actually look inside and MRI uses magnetic fields to look inside. So those forms of imaging don’t use radiation at all. Cat scan (CT), x-ray, mammography all use radiation but a very small dose.
Dr. Trubek: So it’s a relatively insignificant dose and when you’re sick, you know, you need to figure out what’s wrong. So at ARA, we have state-of-the-art equipment and our dosages are extremely small.
Anchor: Yeah, and it can really help provide that essential information.
Dr. Trubek: Exactly
Anchor: Help us understand that a little bit more and how you do safe-guard the patient and protect them and make sure it’s done in a way that’s as best as possible
Dr. Trubek: So we purchase the state-of-the-art equipment that’s available on the market. We also have state-of-the-art protocols to make sure that the dose that the machine delivers is extremely low. We also test our machines on a regular basis to make sure that they’re properly working. We participate in a variety of campaigns, for instance Image Gently, Image Wisely. These are all nation-wide campaigns to make sure that the dosages are as low as possible for patient’s safety.
Anchor: Oh wow, that’s really good to know.
Dr. Trubek: We’re also accredited by the American College of Radiology which checks the machine equipment and the protocols and makes sure the patients are well taken care of. Sometimes a patient will come in with certain symptoms and we’re not exactly sure as to how to approach the therapy.
Anchor: It can provide that essential information.
Dr. Trubek: Exactly, ARA can provide that essential information.
Anchor: Great. So where can we go for more information? I know there’s a lot of locations across Austin.
Dr. Trubek: Right, we have many. We have an online presence of course. Ausrad.com, Facebook.
Anchor: And find you on social media. Thank you so much, we appreciate it.
ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.