RAO is pleased to welcome Edward Todd, PA-C to our staff

RAO is always looking for ways to expand and enhance our care to patients, and that includes introducing accomplished new members to our service team. Edward Todd, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant certified by the National Commission of Certification of PAs, meaning Edward receives at least 100 hours of continuing education every two years and routinely undergoes and passes national recertification testing to retain the esteemed “C” in PA-C. Edward earned his BA degree in Biology in 1992 and went on to garner his Master of Medical Science and Physician Assistant …

Med Center Boosts Radiology Staff to Better Serve Citrus County

CRYSTAL RIVER, FLORIDA (July 2018) – Patients of Seven Rivers Medical Center in Citrus County will benefit from enhanced diagnostic and interventional radiology services, thanks to a new partnership with Radiology Associates of Ocala (RAO), which will be providing Board Certified subspecialty-trained radiologists to enhance the med center’s staff. RAO’S Dr. Caleb Rivera, who specializes in diagnostic radiology and vascular and interventional radiology, has been appointed Chief of Radiology at Seven Rivers. “I think the most significant advantage for patients in the Seven Rivers area is now having subspecialty-trained radiologists providing their care,” says Dr. …

Varicose Veins – Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

Varicose veins are raised, swollen, twisting veins that bulge visibly beneath the skin. Varicose veins are common, affecting roughly 20% - or one in five - American adults. The causes are many, including age, heredity, standing regularly for long hours, being overweight, hormonal changes, a history of blood clots, abdomen-straining conditions like chronic constipation, and venous insufficiency, in which the tiny valves within the veins fail to close off and allow blood to pool in the legs, causing the veins to expand under pressure. For some people, varicose veins may be …

With Medicare Fraud in the News, How Do You Find a Provider You Can Trust?

It’s alarming and disheartening to hear of a medical professional or organization being accused of fraud or malpractice, and it can make one wonder where to go for honest, dependable medical diagnostic and interventional care. Radiology Associates of Ocala has a longstanding trust-based relationship with patients, doctors and hospitals and an evidence-based reputation for excellent medical care acquired over our decades serving Marion County. The same trusted relationships apply to RAO’s Center for Vascular Heath (CVH), which provides diagnoses and interventional treatment for a variety of vascular conditions, as well …

Have You Heard the News Circulating About Circulation?

The vascular system performs one of the body's most important functions: carrying blood, oxygen and nutrients to tissues throughout the body. So it should be of no surprise that circulatory system disease and dysfunction can cause serious health problems. In the U.S. alone, vascular disease causes 715,000 hearts attacks each year. Even more alarming, as many as 20% of adults over age 55 have peripheral artery disease (PAD), a circulatory disease in which arterial plaque restricts blood flow to the extremities, usually the legs and feet. The most common symptom of …

Great News for Patients Needing a Chest Port Insertion

If you’re one of the many Americans whose healthcare requires a chest port insertion, you may be interested to know that a recent medical study shows that a chest port insertion can be done just as safely and effectively by an interventional radiologist as by a surgeon in an operating room, and in less time and at a significantly reduced cost. The retrospective study showed that the overall cost of having a chest port placement performed in an interventional radiology suite was roughly 1/3 the price of having it in an …

Center for Vascular Health – Safe and effective evaluation and treatment for vascular conditions

Radiology Associates of Ocala’s Center for Vascular Health (CVH) is a state-of-the-art division that provides a full spectrum of quality evaluation and treatment of vascular conditions and certain non-vascular diseases. Physicians throughout Marion County confidently refer their patients to CVH to diagnose and treat in-office, and, when surgery is required, at Munroe Regional Medical Center and Ocala Regional Medical Center. CVH’s team of board certified interventional radiologists specialize in diagnosing, evaluating and treating a variety of conditions. One of the most common treatments is to address varicose veins. “Varicose vein treatment …

Dr. Kareem Bohsali Earns Important Vascular & Interventional Certification

Radiology Associates of Ocala is proud to announce that Kareem Bohsali, MD has earned an Initial Certification in Vascular and Interventional Radiology (VIR) from the American Board of Radiology. The VIR subspecialty certificate is awarded to candidates certified in diagnostic radiology who demonstrate that they possess the necessary knowledge, understanding and problem-solving skills to merit the trust of the public and the medical profession, and can apply their additional qualifications and skills to treat patients and assist other clinicians safely and effectively. Dr. Bohsali’s VIR subspecialty certification verifies that he has …

No Vein, No Pain

Varicose veins. Not only are they unappealing, they can also be painful, causing aching, restlessness and heaviness of the affected legs. Due to insufficient blood flow to the affected area and surrounding areas, they may cause swelling and changes to the skin including itching, eczema and skin ulcers. Long thought to be simply a cosmetic issue, varicose veins can pose genuine health risks, so treating them is more than an act of looking better, it’s about feeling better too. It is a way to preserve your quality of life and …

Get Rid of Varicose Veins Without Surgery! – Learn More About ELA

Say goodbye to ugly, uncomfortable varicose veins without surgery! Endovenous Laser Ablation (ELA) is an image-guided procedure that uses laser-generated heat to close off and shrink varicose veins. Over the past 10-15 years ELA has proven to be so safe and effective that it has replaced most invasive surgical techniques. Your CVH interventional radiologist will first numb the skin above the vein using a topical anesthetic and make a small incision to accommodate a very thin catheter. Your radiologist will then use image guidance to direct an optical fiber to the diseased …