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University of Chicago Medicine radiologists have a long-standing commitment to excellence in clinical medicine, research and teaching.
Devices that are now fundamental to the practice of radiology were developed and first built in our department's machine shops. Technetium-99m — a cornerstone of contemporary nuclear medicine — was first introduced by our faculty.
UChicago Medicine physicians and researchers published papers that revolutionized gastrointestinal radiology and the examination of the inner ear. Their work also introduced transbronchial biopsy. Today, our team continues this tradition of advancing the field of radiology.
Abdominal imaging is a specialty within radiology, which provides diagnostic imaging and intervention of the abdomen and pelvis. This includes the genitals, urinary organs and gastrointestinal tract for abdominal and pelvic disorders.
We provide clinical services in ultrasound, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), gastrointestinal radiology and genitourinary radiology. In addition, we are responsible for imaging-guided biopsies using ultrasound, MRI and CT.
Most imaging examinations are ordered by a referring physician and scheduled according to the urgency of the study and the patient's availability. Some examinations require patient preparation, and patients are notified of this prep when their appointment is scheduled.
All exam requests in CT, MRI and gastrointestinal radiology are reviewed in advance by a radiologist and tailored to provide the greatest information possible in the safest manner for the patient.
We are deeply involved in research, bridging the basic sciences and clinical realms. And our institution has a long history of working with other partners.
Our breast imaging team provides excellent, comprehensive screening and diagnostic breast health care for our patients.We provide a full spectrum of mammographic, ultrasound, MRI and interventional procedures. Our screening clinic provides service to the surrounding community. We are a referral center for the evaluation of patients with difficult diagnostic problems and those with newly-diagnosed breast cancer.
Our musculoskeletal radiology team provides state-of-the-art imaging of disorders of the bones, joints and associated soft tissues using a wide variety of methods, including conventional radiography, computed tomography (CT), ultrasonography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
We work closely with other physicians specializing in disease processes of the bones, joints and associated soft tissues. Conventional radiography is performed on-site by a team of specialized orthopaedic radiology technologists.
We have extensive experience with diagnosing all varieties of disease of the musculoskeletal system, including trauma and sports medicine, arthritis, and bone and soft tissue tumors.
As part of the musculoskeletal oncology team, we work closely with orthopaedic surgeons, pathologists and other physicians to provide excellence in care to patients with benign and malignant tumors. In addition to performing minimally invasive bone and soft tissue biopsies under ultrasonographic and CT guidance, we also use radiofrequency ablation to treat painful lesions of bone, both benign and malignant.
We use MR arthrography to get the most detailed imaging evaluation of joints possible.
We also provide interventional procedures such as:
Our neuroradiology team performs imaging of the central nervous system in both adult and pediatric patients.
This includes CT and MRI of the brain, spine, head and neck, as well as diagnostic angiography and interventional neuroradiology.
Our nuclear medicine team offers the full spectrum of general nuclear and molecular imaging exams, from standard bone and thyroid imaging to red cell mass calculations and several radioimmunotherapies.
We also offer a wide variety of pediatric studies — 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.
Our nuclear cardiology clinic offers the latest in molecular cardiac imaging.
Our pediatric radiologists perform and interpret imaging studies on children, attempting to achieve the best diagnostics with 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. We perform an average of 40,000 imaging studies per year.The pediatric surgery, orthopaedics, hematology/oncology, gastroenterology, urology, nephrology and cardiology services account for varied and complex pediatric cases.
Our thoracic imaging team provides state-of-the-art imaging and interpretation of thoracic diseases in close collaboration with internists, pulmonologists and thoracic surgeons.
Consultations and second opinions are also available on request for patients who have had imaging studies performed at other institutions.
We provide training for residents and fellows in the department of radiology, as well as trainees from other clinical departments.
Interventional radiology 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.
The different imaging methods used by our interventional radiologists enable them to manipulate and guide tiny instruments throughout the body, which in many instances avoids more invasive open surgery.
Vascular and interventional radiology is one of the most rapidly expanding areas in medicine and has led the current movement toward minimally invasive therapy. Our patient population ranges from infancy to the elderly and includes procedures spanning the full range of the field.
We perform both vascular and non-vascular interventions such as angioplasty, stenting, atherectomy, cryoplasty, thrombolysis and embolization as well as biliary, renal, enteric, pulmonary and transplant-related interventions. We also perform interventional cancer procedures, which include chemoembolization and radioembolization.