This busy section of our department focuses on the various cross sectional imaging techniques and their uses in the evaluation of all non-neurologic disorders. These techniques include ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). State-of-the-art equipment and software is available to address even the most intricate and complicated clinical problems. Our Ultrasound and CT Divisions are Luminary Sites for the evaluation of the newest diagnostic upgrades. Our workstations and software allow sophisticated reconstructions in both CT and MR producing detailed angiograms and cholangiograms.
Consultations and requests come from a diverse group of specialists. Interesting oncologic, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, pulmonary, cardiothoracic, OB/Gyn, vascular, orthopedic and rheumatologic cases and pathology are seen in both the adult and pediatric age groups.
Residents spend four to five months in both the ultrasound and body CT/MRI rotations. They learn the indications and protocols for the various studies performed in these sections. Cross sectional anatomy and both common and unusual pathologic entities are covered in detail. Residents assume more responsibility in overseeing the service as they gain experience. Gradually, they will triage requests, protocol examinations, and interpret and dictate studies. The individual one-on-one daily instruction is supplemented by regular teaching conferences and on call experience. Additional separate rotations at our state-of-the-art filmless PACS outpatient imaging center provide exposure to these examinations and techniques in the ambulatory outpatient setting. The use of cross sectional imaging in guided biopsies and other procedures is also covered extensively.