United Imaging Consultants, LLC (UIC) was formed on January 1, 2000, by a merger of several radiology groups in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. UIC is a group of board certified diagnostic radiologists, including specialists in:
Each radiologist is board-certified and highly specialized in the interpretation of radiology studies and the performance of image guided procedures. Many have had fellowships in a
radiology sub-specialty, allowing them to develop considerable expertise in their chosen field and earn additional certification.
By focusing on a sub-specialty, each radiologist has gained valuable experience and expertise in a specific area of radiology.
UIC has created a cohesive team of highly sub-specialized individuals who can confer with each other to share their collective experience. This ensures your exams will be read with the utmost care and attention to detail.
Musculoskeletal (orthopedic) radiology is the evaluation of bone and joint structures using various radiology techniques. Radiologists have long used conventional x-rays to diagnose processes such as fractures, tumors and arthritis of the skeletal system. More recently, MRI has enabled us to see very small or subtle abnormalities of joints, ligaments, tendons and cartilage. CT is also capable of demonstrating bone lesions and fractures with exquisite detail.
Musculoskeletal radiologists also perform joint injections. Using x-rays to guide needle placement, the radiologist can inject medicine into a joint for pain relief or inject contrast dye to provide additional evaluation of a joint.
Musculoskeletal radiologists work closely with orthopedic surgeons, oncologists, rheumatologists, sports medicine physicians and podiatrists to assist in the care of a wide variety of conditions.
Interventional radiology offers an alternative to the surgical treatment of many conditions and in some cases can reduce or eliminate the need for hospitalization. Interventional radiologists combine their skill in minimally invasive surgical techniques with their extensive training in advanced imaging modalities such as CT scanners, ultrasound and fluoroscopy to treat a wide range of conditions involving almost every organ system. Procedures are typically performed entirely through small needles or catheters rather than surgical incisions. This allows most procedures to be completed using moderate sedation instead of heavy anesthesia, which in turn results in better comfort for the patient, quicker recovery time, shorter hospital visits and improved overall risk for the patient.
Neuroradiologists specialize in evaluating the various disorders of the central nervous system, including the brain, head, neck and spine. Primarily using the powerful cross-sectional techniques of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT scan), they also perform contrast myelography and image directed therapeutic injections in the spine. Angiography is used to diagnose vascular lesions of the central nervous system, which in some instances may be treated by catheter directed techniques.
UIC radiologists are highly skilled in the diagnosis of all aspects of breast disease. Through screening mammography, these experienced observers are intent on identifying breast cancer in its earliest stages. Breast imagers direct and interpret the further evaluation of mammographically or clinically suspicious lesions with additional x-ray studies, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). When appropriate, they perform a variety of minimally invasive biopsy procedures to complete the diagnostic evaluation of suspicious breast lesions with the greatest degree of patient comfort and safety, eliminating the need for surgery for benign lesions.
The breast imaging radiologists work closely with their surgery, oncology, and pathology colleagues to provide cohesive patient care. A regular weekly case conference with these colleagues is used to obtain consensus opinions and keep attendees current in breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Body imagers are radiologists specializing in the use and interpretation of cross-sectional imaging techniques to diagnose and follow disease processes of the chest, abdomen and pelvis. Using computed tomography (CT scan), ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), they identify neoplastic, inflammatory and traumatic lesions throughout the body. They also provide image-guided biopsies of suspicious lesions and catheter drainage of abnormal fluid collections.
Nuclear medicine, as a subspecialty of radiology, is unique in its approach to imaging. As opposed to conventional x-ray or CT which use external radiation passed through the body to create images, nuclear medicine uses an "inward out" approach by introducing a small amount of radiation attached to a medication known as radiopharmaceutical. The radiopharmaceutical can be given by IV, mouth or inhaled depending on the study and is distributed in target areas of the body. By emitting radiation for a relatively short amount of time, specialized cameras are used to create images for diagnosing many diseases and observing the function of many internal organs.
Nuclear medicine can also provide treatment/therapy in certain diseases eliminating the need for more extensive and invasive therapies. Some therapeutic examples include treating overactive thyroid, thyroid cancer, certain types of lymphoma and bone pain from certain types of cancer that have spread to the bone.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging specialists are familiar with advanced MR techniques and MR applications. A comprehensive range of MRI training includes protocol and interpretation of musculoskeletal, neurologic, cardiac, abdominal, pelvic and MR angiography procedures. MRI specialists work closely with general practitioners and specialists to ensure accurate diagnosis and guide proper treatment.