National Health Education Week: Get to know Casper's only local radiology team

By The Pulse Oct 20, 2015

Interventional Radiologist Dr. Michael Sloan looks over images inside Wyoming Medical Center's reading room. As part of National Health Education Week, Dr. Sloan urges patients to take charge of their own health by learning about services available to them.

Interventional Radiologist Dr. Michael Sloan looks over images inside Wyoming Medical Center's reading room. As part of National Health Education Week, Dr. Sloan urges patients to take charge of their own health by learning about services available to them.

Submitted by Casper Medical Imaging & Outpatient Radiology

This week is National Health Education Week, striving to bring attention to the important role health education plays in your well-being.

The Society for Public Health Education, which sponsors the awareness week, will focus this year on showing how far public health education has come, highlighting health educators and looking at ways it can improve. Teaching people to find relevant health information – including local medical services –and how to use that information effectively are important components of public health education.

“Public health education is important in every realm of medicine, but I find it especially important in my specialty – interventional and diagnostic radiology," said Michael Sloan, M.D., an interventional radiologist at Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology.

Interventional radiologist Dr. Michael Sloan repairs an abdominal aortic aneurysm recently at Wyoming Medical Center. Many people don't know what radiologists do or how they help patients, Sloan says. Click the photo to learn more the procedure.

Interventional radiologist Dr. Michael Sloan repairs an abdominal aortic aneurysm recently at Wyoming Medical Center. Many people don't know what radiologists do or how they help patients, Sloan says. Click the photo to learn more about the procedure.

"Many people don’t know what a radiologist or interventional radiologist does; how we help patients, and why it matters that we are real doctors who are actively involved in caring for patients. Here at Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology, you have Casper’s only local radiology group working to help detect illness and disease and save lives through many minimally invasive interventional procedures, yet people simply don’t know about us,” said Dr. Sloan.

One component of public health education is urging patients to take an active role in their health care. That includes knowing which programs and services are available, including local providers and facilities, as well as the importance of prevention and how to navigate health insurance.

Communication is key between healthcare providers and patients. With the ever-increasing choices in medical care, patients are able to take a more empowered role by making decisions about treatment and understanding service options.

“Patients need to ask questions about their healthcare so they understand their situation. They need to know that there is always a choice in their care. It is important to know who is collaborating on your care and if the members of that team are available for personal interaction," said Dr. Sloan. "The radiologists at Casper Medical Imaging try to make ourselves as accessible as we can to patient questions and concerns about the imaging and procedures in our patients’ care and even their concerns of radiation exposure.”

So ask the questions, and know your doctor. Patients have a choice and should be comfortable with their care team.

More about Casper Medical Imaging: 

Michael Sloan M.D.

Dr. Sloan is board certified in general and interventional radiology. He practices at Casper Medical Imaging and Outpatient Radiology, 419 S. Washington St., Suite 101 – Casper’s only local radiology team. Its board-certified doctors, radiologists and technologists provide a full range of diagnostic imaging services including digital X-Ray, CT and MRI scanning, ultrasound, mammography, DEXA, cardiac scans and angiography. Learn more about its services here. Call (307) 265-1620 for an appointment or referral.

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