At NationalRad, our subspecialty radiologists and staff are dedicated to making a difference in your healthcare and life. We focus on improving your treatment and outcomes by partnering with your physicians and surgeons to make careful, thorough and accurate interpretations of your diagnostic imaging tests. We take your relevant medical history, past comparison studies and current diagnostic imaging tests into consideration to make the right diagnosis.



  What Is Diagnostic Radiology?

Radiology is the science of medical imaging. Diagnostic radiology uses various imaging modalities such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to aid in the diagnosis of injury or disease. Numerous subspecialties within diagnostic radiology exist. 

  Diagnostic Radiology Subspecialties

Musculoskeletal RadiologyMusculoskeletal Radiology

Musculoskeletal radiology concerns the body’s musculoskeletal system, which is made up of bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissue. Musculoskeletal radiologists undergo advanced training and focus on orthopedic, rheumatologic and traumatic conditions.



Neuroradiology is a medical subspecialty focused on studying and diagnosing conditions of the body’s nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system or CNS) and the peripheral nerves (peripheral nervous system or PNS) and its supporting structures, such as the head, neck and spine. Neuroradiologists must undergo advanced training beyond their diagnostic radiology preparation.


Body RadiologyBody Radiology

Body radiology is a subspecialty area of diagnostic radiology that surrounds imaging of the chest, abdomen and pelvis primarily. Body-trained radiologists go through advanced training and typically focus on conditions of the primary organ systems of the body such as the cardiovascular system.


Nuclear MedicineNuclear Medicine

Nuclear medicine is a radiology subspecialty that images the body to diagnose and treat disease, often very early in the disease process. Nuclear medicine procedures are performed using small amounts of radioactive materials (radiopharmaceuticals) that are detected by special types of cameras that work with computers to create very precise images of the area of the body being studied. These studies are safe and painless, and a typical nuclear imaging study involves an amount of radiation that is comparable with a diagnostic x-ray.


Additional Information

For more information about diagnostic radiology and imaging tests, please visit, a collaboration of the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)

  Patient Privacy

NationalRad is committed to protecting the rights and privacy of all individuals. We comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information. These rules safeguard patients’ personal health information and ensure the confidentiality and integrity of electronic protected health information. For more information about health information privacy and HIPAA, please visit the US Department of Health and Human Services website.

  Find a NationalRad-Affiliated Healthcare Provider

To find a NationalRad-affiliated physician office, imaging center or radiology group, please contact us by calling our toll-free number, 877.734.6674, or by emailing us at

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