Radiology & Imaging Consultants is Colorado Springs’ premier radiology and imaging group serving UC Health Memorial Hospital and Southern Colorado for more than 35 years. Our highly advanced team includes more than 30 fellowship-trained and board-certified radiologists who specialize in nearly all areas of radiology.
Our specialized training and expertise allows us to maximize the latest advancements in medical imaging, expanding diagnosis and treatment options for patients. We offer specialized radiology and imaging services including MRI, CT Scan, Minimally Invasive Therapy, Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Mammography, X-ray and Nuclear Medicine/PET.
We are the radiology provider for UC Health Memorial Hospital and have proudly served in this role for more than 35 years. We are also the radiology provider for the San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center in Alamosa, Colorado, the outpatient MRI facility at the Colorado Springs Orthopedic Group, as well as a network of UC Health urgent care centers and free standing emergency rooms in Denver, Castle Rock and Colorado Springs.
We exist to serve our community by providing the highest quality diagnostic radiology and image guided therapy with a commitment to excellence in service, clinical quality and the compassionate care of our patients.
Radiologists in the News
The COVID-19 vaccine is causing swollen lymph nodes surrounding the breasts in some women, something that is also considered a sign of breast cancer. Experts say swelling caused by the vaccine looks similar to swelling caused by breast cancer in mammogram images, making it hard to differentiate between the two causes. “Shortly after the first round of vaccines started to come out, we started noticing lymphadenopathy, or enlargement of the lymph nodes,” says Jason Allen, UCHealth’s Southern Region Breast Imaging Medical Director. Lymph nodes enlarge typically on the same side of the body that the vaccine was given. For example, a woman who received her COVID-19 vaccine in her left shoulder muscle would likely see the lymph nodes swell surrounding her left breast. Allen says, “In the absence of having had a vaccine on that side, that can be a suspicious finding. It can mean there’s cancer or something else might be wrong.”
You may have seen some national news stories about women who have experienced swollen lymph nodes in the breast or armpit area after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. These are certainly nothing to be ignored, because lumps in those areas are also a red flag when it comes to breast cancer. Ethel Amutan wanted to share her story to make sure other women get good information about the link between the vaccine and potential lymph node swelling. In late January, Ethel received her first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. Three weeks later, she went in for a regularly scheduled mammogram, not thinking anything about it. Dr. Jason Allen, director of breast imaging for UCHealth‘s southern region, isn’t Ethel’s radiologist, but explains in general: “We’re seeing this (swollen lymph nodes – in some cases) with any of the vaccines that are currently available for COVID-19. Moderna or Pfizer – we’re not seeing it any more with one than the other. We’re waiting to see what will happen with Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but overall it’s a normal response of the body’s immune system.” (part 1)
Your Healthy Family: COVID vaccine or mammogram? Get both
Following up on our last story, we’re looking further into the new guidelines around mammograms and COVID-19 vaccines. As the vaccine continues to roll out, appointments can be hard to come by. If one opens and you are at high risk for breast cancer, Dr. Jason Allen, director of breast imaging for UCHealth‘s southern region, says, “Get your vaccine and don’t delay getting your mammogram if you’re high risk, or if you have a symptom of some sort. (part 2)
Your Healthy Family: What are breast calcifications?
If women are having their annual mammogram, chances are that sooner or later they will be told that calcifications have formed in breast tissue. Dr. Jason Allen, a radiologist and Medical Director for Breast Imaging for UCHealth in Colorado Springs says, “Calcifications occur in the breast quite a bit, especially in women who are over the age of 50. Most commonly they are benign and are associated with cystic changes within the breast.”
Dr. Jason Allen, a radiologist and Medical Director for Breast Imaging for UCHealth in Colorado Springs says even if you think you’re too young to have a lump be breast cancer, have it checked out. “We have seen a number of young patients – in their early 30s or younger recently who were not pregnant. Regardless of your pregnancy status, regardless of your age, if you feel something new in the breast or something doesn’t seem quite right with the breast, it’s always a good idea to get checked.
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The radiologists of Radiology Imaging Consultants are recognized year after year as “Top Docs” in our community by their peers. Colorado Springs Style and the El Paso County Medical Society, in conjunction with an independent marketing and public relations firm, asks local doctors, in a confidential peer to peer survey, who they would recommend should a friend or family member require medical care.
Radiology & Imaging Consultants has been recognized by the Radiology Business Management Association (RMBA) as a practice that demonstrates a commitment to business excellence, the values of RMBA and to advancing the business of radiology. The Radiology Business Management Association is an industry leading organization comprised of more than 2,100 professionals who focus on the business of radiology.