About the Department
The Department of Radiology at VCU Medical Center is dedicated to providing patients with the highest standard of care and innovative procedures. With a wide range of exciting clinical, technological, educational and research initiatives, the Department continues to be at the forefront of academic radiology departments.
The Department of Radiology builds on its long-standing commitment to clinical excellence. Founded in the expertise of more than 40 faculty radiologists, many of whom are recognized both nationally and internationally, our clinical excellence is enhanced further by state-of-the-art equipment in all modalities, including breast imaging, CT, MRI, fluoroscopy, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and sonography. In addition to traditional radiology services, the Department of Radiology offers many new and cutting-edge procedures, such as thoracic aortic stent grafts, venous ablation, uterine fibroid embolization, radioimmunotherapy, virtual colonography, cardiac MRI, coronary artery CT and breast MRI.
Our clinical excellence is complemented by major advances in technology. The Department and institution benefit from a state-of-the-art picture archiving and communication system (PACS) and a voice recognition dictation system that allow for images and reports to be distributed to more than 1,200 computers throughout the VCU Medical Center network immediately after acquisition. This allows our referring physicians to access images in patient care areas, such as clinics, inpatient units and surgical suites, as soon as the images are acquired, and have access to the reports immediately after the reports are dictated.
Since its inception, the Department of Radiology has demonstrated a strong commitment to educational initiatives and our radiology and nuclear medicine residency program directors, Drs. Das Narla, Malcolm Sydnor and Paul Jolles, ensure that our residents receive the most outstanding training available. We continue to attract outstanding residents who graduate at the top of their medical school classes and, upon completion of the program, are recruited to some of the most competitive fellowships and medical practices in the U.S.
The Department sponsors eight to ten fellowships each year in a variety of subspecialties, including MRI, Abdominal Imaging, Breast Imaging, Chest and Noninvasive Cardiovascular Imaging, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal Radiology and Women’s Imaging.
The Department’s strength in research activities is supported by a team of seven full-time research scientists. Our faculty continues to receive significant awards for funded research from the NIH and other sources. Ongoing clinical research focuses on utility of MRCP in biliary and pancreatic imaging, virtual colonography, development of breast shield for CT radiation protection and the application of CT in trauma.
Our faculty research portfolio extends from basic research to clinical trials. Current projects include a five-year NIH basic research grant for the development of metallic nanoparticles, as well as an NIH grant for a phase one clinical trial of a new imaging agent for identification of tumor resistance. This particular project is a strong example of our comprehensive commitment to bringing new discoveries into clinical use — the imaging agent was developed by a VCU faculty member during a fellowship at NIH; scientists at VCU developed an automated method to produce the agent; and a Massey Cancer Center grant funded the first-in-humans pilot study.
Elsewhere in the department, radiology faculty members are conducting research in a wide variety of clinical areas, including cancer treatment and diagnosis, cardiovascular disease, womenâ€™s health, trauma and obesity.