Facilities - Diagnostic Radiology Residency
The University of Maryland Medical Center is an 800-bed facility with a large outpatient department. The medical center cares for more than 35,000 inpatients and 300,000 outpatients each year. University of Maryland faculty physicians annually oversee more than 1 million patient visits (office, inpatient and outpatient).
The equipment of the department includes a wide range of imaging modalities, including cutting-edge clinical and research instrumentation. Among these are:
- 6 stationary radiographic units
- 10 portable radiographic units
- 3 fluoroscopy units
- 2 mammography units with digital, 3D tomosynthesis
- 2 diagnostic breast ultrasound units with elastography
- 1 3-D stereotactic breast biopsy table
- 4 breast MRI coils
- 5 angiography suites, including one CT hybrid angio suite
- 7 CT scanners, including 4 dual-energy/spectral
- 2 PET/CT scanners
- 3 SPECT scanners
- 5 ultrasound units, including 3-D, elastography, and contrast enhanced ultrasound
- 4 1.5T MRI units
- 3 3T MRI units
- 1 3T PET/MRI unit
- a new state-of-the-art hospital-wide picture archiving and communication system (PACS)
The Baltimore VA Medical Center is an integral part of the residency program, with approximately six months of each resident's time spent in this facility over four years. This ultramodern hospital is physically connected to the university hospital by a short walking bridge. The VA imaging department is a pioneer in digital imaging with the world's first filmless imaging system. A major current research focus is artificial intelligence in imaging, and many residents have completed longitudinal fellowship training in imaging informatics during their residency. The VA hospital has state of the art imaging equipment, including multi-spectral and ultrafast CT, advanced MRI, PET/CT, and a full array of nuclear medicine cameras, and is developing a novel experimental program to replace conventional radiography with ultra-low dose CT.
Several other regional hospitals and outpatient imaging centers also provide a wide spectrum of case material to supplement resident experience. Almost 400,000 imaging examinations are performed each year at UMMC and associated imaging sites. Of these, approximately 21,000 are angiographic and/or interventional procedures, 96,000 are CT exams, and 18,000 are MR exams. The Nuclear Medicine Division of the department performs more than 14,000 scans per year, and approximately 21,000 ultrasound procedures are performed annually. In addition, the Baltimore VA Medical Center performs more than 75,000 imaging exams annually.
For more information about the Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine or to contact one of our radiologists, please call the University Physicians Consultation and Referral Service at 1-800-492-5538 (patients) or 1-800-373-4111 (physicians).