Dr. Aanshu Shah, radiologist, is the Director of Women’s Imaging at Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers. Dr. Shah considers this an exciting time in medicine, where game-changing advancements in technology are improving her ability to impact patients’ lives. She credits her parents for her desire to succeed and has been with Steinberg Diagnostic Medical Imaging Centers for 15 years.
Her education includes her undergraduate degree at Michigan State University, medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, residency training at the University of Pittsburgh and fellowship training in Women’s Imaging at Magee Women’s Hospital in Pittsburgh.
Why did you go into the medical profession?
I have always had a tremendous desire to help people and to make a difference in their lives. When I was in the sixth grade, I decided that becoming a doctor would give me the greatest opportunity to do this. Many of my patients return year after year, and I enjoy the close relationships that I build with them.
Why did you choose to specialize in radiology?
Radiology fascinates me—the complexity of it goes way beyond just a simple X-ray or ultrasound. The technology is powerful and amazing. It allows us to look inside a human being and see what’s happening. I get to work with physicians in every field of medicine, from oncology to orthopedics, and being able to speak the unique language of their specialty and help them to know what kind of treatment plan is best for their patient is vital. We have a tremendous responsibility to deliver accurate information about what we see in a patient’s medical images. I embrace and love that about what I do.
What are the new technologies and advancements for diagnosing women?
Perhaps the single most important advancement in medical imaging to benefit women is happening right now. Tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, will revolutionize how we read mammograms. We will find more cancers, have fewer callbacks and cause less stress and anxiety to patients. What’s more, the GE SenoClaire technology we are using delivers no more radiation to the patient than the standard digital mammogram. Other 3D technology in the marketplace increases a patient’s exposure to ionizing radiation by at least two times.
I have been so fortunate to witness these tremendous changes, and I am so excited and proud to help bring this new life-saving technology to women in Las Vegas.
What charities do you and Steinberg Diagnostic support?
Steinberg Diagnostic believes in being a good neighbor and community partner and supports many charities in town. Personally, I am involved with the National Charity League with my daughter and the Young Men’s Service League with my son. Through this work, we can expose our kids to the wonderful and important work of many community organizations throughout Las Vegas. It is great to be connected to the community and to teach my children the value of giving back.