Kern Radiology

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Profile appeared in our 28-1 Issue – April 2011

Kern Radiology is extremely proud of its Kern County heritage and its commitment to not only its physicians but also the residents of this great county.

Kern Radiology was established by local radiologists as the first outpatient radiology practice in 1968. Prior to that point, most radiology services were provided in hospitals. The radiologists who came together to form Kern Radiology, believed they could provide more convenient access to radiology services in a more patient-friendly environment.

And forty-three years later, the company’s vision for the community continues to evolve. Unprecedented advances in medicine and technology have changed the field of radiology, but not the heart and soul of Kern Radiology.

Modern radiology, now referred to as imaging, began with the discovery of x-rays by William Roentgen.

In the past, x-rays of the body were captured on sheets of film. Today, radiology is a film-less process and images are captured and stored digitally and transmitted electronically. The digital age of imaging permits radiologists to view body components in both color and 3-dimensions. The result of this technology is exceptional diagnostic capability and improved patient care and treatment by attending physicians.

While some of Kern Radiology’s owners have changed over the decades, the vision, compassion, and dedication to care for people is still thriving.

Kern Radiology has a long tradition of medical “firsts” in Kern County. In 1969, during the organization’s second year in existence, Kern Radiology played a key role in the formation of the Radiologic Technologist Program at Bakersfield College, which has trained over 600 technologists for the community. Then, in 1971, Kern Radiology introduced the first Computed Tomography Unit (“CT”) to Bakersfield. Technology of that time was extremely limited, permitting only the scanning of the head. Contrast that with the multi-slice technology of today’s CTs, which have truly changed medicine and surgery practices by providing exquisite detailed images. The San Joaquin Valley’s first Ultrasound Unit was introduced to Bakersfield in 1974. That same year, Kern Radiology launched the first non-hospital based Nuclear Medicine Department. Those introductions were quickly followed by the first Mammography Unit in Kern County. The current Mammography Program at Kern Radiology includes the recently FDA approved Tomosynthesis technology, which is essentially a 3-dimensional mammogram which detects breast cancers better and earlier than traditional 2-dimensional mammography.

Over 150 people are employed by Kern Radiology. This staff serves Kern County residents at two major imaging facilities, 2301 Bahamas Drive and 3838 San Dimas Street.

Kern Radiology is proud to be American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited in all imaging services provided which include Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Mammography, Nuclear Medicine, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Stereotactic Breast Biopsy, and Ultrasound.

Kern Radiology is honored to have provided imaging services for private insurers, MediCare, MediCal, and HMOs over the past 43 years. While some of Kern Radiology’s owners have changed over the decades, the vision, compassion, and dedication to care for people is still thriving.

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