We have agreements with Houston Northwest Medical Center and with the Memorial Hospital System outpatient imaging units, formerly known as River Oaks Imaging, to send us radiologic results. We are on staff only at Houston Northwest Medical Center. We send patients to these institutions for bone density testing and radiography. For Nuclear Medicine testing we use Houston Northwest Medical Center. Dr Zaniewski-Singh administers radioiodine at Houston Northwest Medical Center.
If you have testing elsewhere we cannot be responsible for the results or that the correct test was done. If you have your radiologic tests done elsewhere you will be solely responsible for personally obtaining the results, sending them to our office and confirming that we receive them at least 48 hours before your appointment or 3 days after having your tests done, whichever comes first.
Please note that we only order DEXA bone density testing. That is the standard of care for Endocrinology. A few institutions find it less expensive to use their CT scanners to estimate bone density. That test uses a lot more radiation and produces results which to not always correlate. Please also note that we only order I-123 thyroid uptakes and scans. Some institutions use technetium scans but these do not give us useable results. We only order radiologic tests at these two locations.
We perform Ultrasound imaging of the Thyroid, Parathyroid and Cervical Lymph Nodes in our office. We have been trained in Thyroid/Parathyroid Ultrasonography by The American College of Endocrinology.
Dr Zaniewski-Singh was trained in Neck Ultrasonography in 1998 and she has made this a part of her practice since then. She was the third Endocrinologist in the United States to earn the ECNU certification and the first physician in the United States to attain the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Thyroid/ Parathyroid Laboratory Accreditation. Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound (ECNU) is a professional certification in the field in the field of neck ultrasonography for Endocrinologists who perform consultations and diagnostic evaluations for thyroid and parathyroid disorders through both diagnostic ultrasound and ultrasound- guided fine needle aspiration (UGFNA). The ECNU credential signifies that an individual has passed the comprehensive Certification Examination (CCE) and successfully completed the Validation of Competency Process (VCP).
AIUM ultrasound practice accreditation is a peer-review process that examines practices against nationally recognized standards of excellence in training and qualifications of personnel, quality of ultrasound examinations, maintenance and calibration of machines, quality of reports, implementation of protection policies, and regular quality assurance activity. The AIUM recognizes American College of Endocrinology’s Endocrine Certification in Neck Ultrasound as evidence of sufficient physician training in thyroid/parathyroid ultrasound. The American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM) is a multidisciplinary association dedicated to advancing the safe and effective use of ultrasound in medicine through professional and public education, research, development of guidelines, and accreditation.
The purpose of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine is to advance the art and science of ultrasound in medicine and research through educational, scientific, literary and professional activities.
Dr. Zaniewski has a miniscule financial interest in Houston Northwest Medical Center amounting to approximately 0.0003. She has no financial interest in the Memorial Hospital System.