Winthrop University Hospital has a very strong active Nuclear Medicine Department, and a brand new state of the art, dedicated PET scanner, located in a newly constructed dedicated outpatient PET Imaging Center, adjacent to the hospital. There is also a multimodality outpatient Radiology office which offers the full gamut of nuclear medicine procedures in a personable private practice environment. Both the PET Imaging Center and the outpatient Radiology office are fiberoptically linked with the main hospital's Nuclear Medicine Department, which is networked and is digitally archived.
There are 5 multi-detector gamma cameras utilized for nuclear medicine studies. More than 8000 exams are performed within the Nuclear Medicine Department and the PET Imaging Center in a year. There are two full time attending Board Certified Diagnostic Radiologists with Certification in Nuclear Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. There are three teaching Nuclear Medicine conferences per month as part of the core curriculum for the Radiology Residency program. In addition there are regularly scheduled interdepartmental conferences with Endocrinology, Oncology, Rheumatology, and Nephrology. The Radiology Grand Rounds have included speakers in Nuclear Medicine. The Nuclear Medicine Department actively participates in clinical research, and publishes in peer-reviewed journals. Special interests of our physicians include thyroid carcinoma, thyroid disease, lymphoscintigraphy, renal studies, pediatric nuclear medicine and PET.
Residents begin their training in Nuclear Medicine in their first year, and are given increasing levels of responsibility as they master the practice of Nuclear Medicine and PET imaging, learning to run a busy nuclear medicine practice by their fourth year of residency.