Abdominal Imaging is a specialty of Diagnostic Radiology, providing diagnostic imaging and intervention of abdominal and pelvic disorders. This specialization provides extensive clinical experience for optimal patient care and interactions with medical and surgical subspecialties.
The mission of the Section of Breast Imaging within the Department of Radiology is to provide excellent comprehensive screening and diagnostic breast health care for our patients. In addition we pursue broad-ranging educational activities and serve as an educational resource both within the institution and beyond. Our clinical research pursuits encompass investigation of multimodality diagnostic and therapeutic techniques for breast cancer evaluation in both human and animal models.
The Musculoskeletal Radiology Section provides state of the art imaging of disorders of the bones, joints, and associated soft tissues using a wide variety of modalities, including conventional radiography, computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The section of Neuroradiology performs imaging of the CNS in both adult and pediatric patients. This includes CT and MR of the brain, spine, head and neck as well as diagnostic angiography and interventional neuroradiology. There is active collaboration with busy neurology, neurosurgery, ENT, and oncology services providing a wide variety of clinical experience.
The Nuclear Medicine Section is proud to offer the full spectrum of general nuclear and molecular imaging exams, from the standard bone and thyroid imaging to the harder to find, such as red cell mass calculations and several radioimmunotherapies. We also offer a wide variety of pediatric studies, which are supervised by a pediatric-trained staff, and specialize in pediatric renal imaging.
Our state of the art PET Center was the first permanent site in the Chicagoland area to offer hybrid PET/CT inline imaging. Since its inception several years ago, we have been at the forefront of neurologic and whole body oncologic PET/CT clinical and research imaging.
The Pediatric Radiology Section performs and interprets imaging studies on children, attempting to achieve the best diagnostic yield at the lowest possible radiation dose and intervention to the patient. We combine compassionate clinical work with high academic standards - performing research and teaching residents, medical students and colleagues. The Section performs an average of 40,000 imaging studies per year.
The Section of Thoracic Imaging provides state of the art imaging and interpretation of thoracic diseases in close collaboration with internists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Consultations and second opinions are also available on request for patients that have been imaged at other institutions. The section provides training for residents and fellows in the department of radiology, as well as trainees from other clinical departments. Daily teaching conferences are held in the section in addition to joint clinical conferences with colleagues in Thoracic Oncology and Pulmonology.
Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Interventional radiology (abbreviated IR or sometimes VIR) is a field of medicine in which minimally invasive procedures are performed using image guidance (e.g., CT, fluoroscopy, ultrasound). Some of these procedures are done to diagnose illness while others are done for treatment purposes. Different imaging modalities available to interventional radiologists enable them to manipulate and guide tiny instruments throughout the body which in many instances avoids more invasive open surgery.