Sim Hoffman, the Medical Director at Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group, is an accomplished radiologist based in Buena Park, California, part of Metropolitan Los Angeles.
He received his medical degree from the University of Virginia. His areas of expertise include general radiology, nuclear medicine, mammography, C.T. and ultrasound.
X-rays are forms of radiant energy, just like ordinary light. But unlike light, x-rays penetrate the body, which is how radiologists are able to take pictures of its internal structures. Doctors use the images produced by x-rays to obtain information about the health of their patients, and to make accurate diagnoses.
One of the most common x-rays performed is on bones, which help physicians understand the nature of factures or dislocated joints. Bone x-rays don’t use much radiation to produce pictures and are a painless procedure. X-rays are usually done in a cool room, and some patients report a little discomfort from the temperatures, and from having to stay in a particular position while the x-ray is made. No radiation stays in the body once the procedure is over, and most patients don’t have any side effects. X-rays are always taken at the lowest possible radiation level, and modern systems are very sophisticated, enabling the radiologist to minimize any stray radiation.
Sim Hoffman has been the Medical Director at Advanced Professional Imaging Medical Group since 1986. He is a member of the American College of Radiology, the Radiology Society of North America, the Society of Nuclear Medicine, and a number of other professional organizations.