About the Department
The main radiology department is found on the sixth floor of the North Pavilion of UAB Hospital that is located at 1802 6th Avenue South in the Medical Center District of Birmingham on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. UAB Hospital is the centerpiece of the UAB Health System. It is located in the Medical District of Birmingham on the University of Alabama at Birmingham campus. Situated among major research centers and clinics, UAB Hospital, a 900-bed facility, provides patients with a complete range of primary and specialty care services, as well as the most up-to-date treatments and innovations in health care. As a University hospital, UAB Hospital is a major center for clinical research and the home of some of the top medical programs in America.
An average of 8,500 CT scans are performed monthly between University Hospital and The Kirklin Clinic. CT Equipment
Approximately 35,000 sonograms are performed per year between the University Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, and UAB Highlands. There are six Siemens Sequoia and six Philips IU22 units at the three locations. The Philips units at University Hospital and TKC have contrast and 3-D packages. We have the latest off-line Philips quantification and 3-D packages on separate dedicated workstations and a dedicated Radiology faculty bioengineer with focus on ultrasound contrast physic and elasticity. The ultrasound department has participated in 13 ultrasound contrast national and international trials since 1994. Among the faculty, there are five Fellows of the Society of Radiologist in Ultrasound (second highest number of any institution in the world), two full time clinical coordinators to help recruit and facilitate research, along with additional grant personnel. Between the three clinical sites, there are 20 sonographers and two radiologist sonographer assistants with substantial ultrasound experience. The hospital and TKC ultrasound practices are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
A wide variety of ultrasounds are performed, including general abdominal, renal, pelvis, small parts, first trimester OB, lower and upper extremity venous, pre and post hemodialysis mapping as well as pre and post liver and renal transplants. About 60% of the examinations are vascular. Ultrasound is used as the primary modality for biopsy and procedure guidance. A large volume of liver, renal, thyroid, and lymph node biopsies or aspirations performed, as well as many thoracentesis and paracentesis procedures. All three institutions are filmless and use a dedicated ultrasound PACS to review and archive images. A large teaching file is actively maintained and updated by the sonologists and staff. Active research in ultrasound contrast agents, 3D ultrasound and hemodialysis access ultrasound (pre and post operative) is performed. US Equipment
Inpatient MRI services are available 24/7 with in-house technologists, and are performed in the West Pavilion of the main UAB hospital. Two fully equipped GE 1.5 tesla Echospeed MRI units are utilized to obtain a large variety of neurological, vascular, and musculoskeletal exams. Body MRI applications ranging from endorectal coil prostate imaging to MRCP are also performed in this area. MR Equipment
Also on the sixth floor are the Musculoskeletal and Chest reading rooms as well as the GI/GU area. The inpatient fluoroscopy area is comprised of two digital fluoroscopic rooms with an additional c-arm fluoroscopic room. Diagnostic & Fluoroscopy Equipment
Heart and Vascular Center
The Heart & Vascular Center is one of the largest in the southeast encompassing 55,000 square feet of the latest technology available. It has 13 new labs which include the latest digital, flat panel technology for the best imaging resolution and reduced radiation exposure. It was built to allow for expansion of more suites in the future.
The Vascular and Interventional services at University of Alabama Hospital perform approximately 5,150 exams and 1,150 CT Angiography cases each year. Interventional Equipment
Additional information can be found at UAB Medicine.
Located on the second floor of Jefferson Tower, The Division of Nuclear Medicine at UAB performs between 8,500 to 11,000 scans each year among three sections: PET-CT, Nuclear Cardiology, and General Nuclear Medicine.
The Division of Nuclear Medicine is equipped with a GE PET-CT system, 6 dual-headed SPECT cameras, a triple-headed SPECT camera, a single head SPECT camera, and a portable camera. Another PET/CT system has been approved for the coming budget year. The adjacent VA Medical Center has 2 SPECT-CTs and a new Siemens PET/CT system as well. Long term plans at the University include acquisition of a scintimammography camera, a SPECT/CT camera, and an on-site cyclotron as part of a research laboratory and advanced imaging center. A large wet-lab facility allows unique opportunities to perform functional quantitation in many different disease states. NM Equipment