Department Overview - Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Fellowship
The University of Maryland Medical System/Hospital is an 800-bed facility with a large outpatient department. The Medical Center cares for more than 32,000 inpatients and 300,000 outpatients each year. One unique aspect of the hospital is the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services System, which serves the entire state of Maryland, includes a 140-bed critical care unit, and houses one of the world’s most advanced technological support systems for trauma management and care.
The department serves the imaging needs of 7 hospitals and 2 imaging centers. Equipment at UMMC and these facilities includes a wide range of imaging modalities and cutting-edge clinical and research instrumentation. Among these are renovated interventional suites; 12 CT scanners (40 to 256 slice); and 11 MR systems (from 1.5T to 7T).
The sonography section has numerous scanning units, and the Nuclear Medicine Division is well equipped with four new SPECT cameras and a PET/CT unit. The department has expanded into a new inpatient facility and deployed a sophisticated hospital-wide picture archiving and communication system (PACS) with computed radiology. The new Breast Center offers the most advanced techniques for diagnosis, from the latest in digital mammography to breast MR imaging procedures.
The VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore Division, is an integral part of the program. This state-of-the-art 324-bed VA Hospital, which opened in January 1993, adjoins the University of Maryland Medical Center. The VA Diagnostic Imaging Department is a national leader in all-digital imaging, with advanced technologies, including multislice CT, 3T, MR, PET, PET/CT and a full array of nuclear medicine cameras. All University of Maryland resident and fellowship programs are fully integrated with the Baltimore VA. Fellows usually spend one month of every four at the VA.
Several regional outpatient imaging centers also provide a wide spectrum of case material. Extensive electronic teaching files include the ACR Learning Materials and a large image library supervised by a departmental librarian. Several full-time academic assistants and a research administrator support the faculty, fellows, and residents in the production of grant applications and publications. More than 8,000 SF of dedicated and well-equipped basic research space, including new small animal imaging instrumentation, are assigned to this department on the medical school campus. Additional space and equipment are devoted to resident/fellow research and education activities, including a state-of-the-art conference room.
More than 600,000 imaging examinations are performed by department staff each year at UMMC and affiliated facilities. Of the procedures performed at UMMC, approximately 16,000 are angiographic and/or interventional procedures, 83,000 are CT exams, and 14,000 are MR exams. The Nuclear Medicine Division of the Department performs more than 13,000 scans per year, and approximately 13,000 ultrasound procedures are performed annually. In addition, the Baltimore VA Medical Center performs more than 80,000 imaging exams annually.
For more information about the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Fellowship Program or to contact one of our radiologists, call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).