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The Department of Radiology is located within the UAB School of Medicine and provides clinical, educational and research activities for the UAB Health System. The department offers a 4-year accredited Diagnostic Radiology residency training program, a 5 year accredited Integrated Interventional Radiology residency training program, a 2 year accredited Independent Interventional Radiology residency training program, and several additional accredited and non-accredited fellowship programs available in all imaging specialties. UAB School of Medicine is one of 10 academic colleges and schools that comprises the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). NIH extramural grants and contracts. As of the fall of 2018, the University had a faculty of 2,289 (40% of whom are female), with 109 of those being UAB Radiology faculty.

The Department of Radiology at the University of Alabama Birmingham consists of inpatient and outpatient clinical services. In patient services are provided at the University Hospital on the main campus and the Highlands Hospital, located approximately one mile from the main campus. UAB Hospital is a 1,200 bed hospital with over 900,000 square feet, of which the radiology imaging service occupies 35,219 square feet. The University Hospital is the centerpiece of the UAB Health System. Additionally, UAB Medical Center is the largest medical facility in Alabama. With an annual operating budget of over one billion dollars, and over 200 million dollars in medical research funding, the hospital is a major center of clinical research and home to some of the top medical programs in the nation.

CT

Nearly 140,000 CT scans are performed annually between University Hospital and our ambulatory locations. CT Equipment

US

Approximately 60,000 sonograms are performed per year at the University Hospital, UAB Highlands Hospital, The Kirklin Clinic, Gardendale Freestanding ER, and UAB Medicine’s Leeds Clinic and Hoover Clinic. There are 11 Philips EPIQs and 7 Philips iU22 scanners at the six locations, with elastography, ultrasound contrast and 3-D software. The ultrasound department has participated in 14 ultrasound contrast national and international trials since 1994. Among the faculty, there are three Fellows of the Society of Radiologist in Ultrasound, along with full time clinical coordinators to help recruit and facilitate research, and additional grant personnel. Among the six clinical sites, there are 40+ sonographers including four radiologist sonographer assistants with substantial ultrasound experience. The University Hospital, TKC and UAB Medicine Leeds Clinic 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 and arterial, carotid, preoperative vascular mapping for hemodialysis and other procedures, postoperative hemodialysis access evaluation, as well as liver, renal and pancreas transplant ultrasound. Approximately 60% of the examinations are vascular.

Ultrasound is used as the primary modality for biopsy and procedure guidance. At UAB Hospital, ultrasound is used as the primary modality for guidance of fine needle aspirations, core biopsies and fluid drainage. A large volume of solid organ (including liver, renal, renal transplant and thyroid), mass and lymph node biopsies are performed, as well as many thoracentesis and paracentesis procedures.

All six 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 postoperative) is performed. US Equipment

MRI

In 2019 at UAB, we performed approximately 38,000 MR examinations across the UAB enterprise on American College of Radiology Accredited MR scanners: ten dedicated clinical MRs and two jointly operated clinical and research 3T and 3T PET/MR scanners. We also have a newly added cutting-edge 1.5T intraoperative MR. Inpatient MRI services are available 24/7 with in-house technologists, and are performed in the North Pavilion of the main UAB hospital. Inpatient MRI services are additionally performed at our UAB Highlands hospital. Our largest outpatient MRI facility is at The Kirklin Clinic; however, we also have outpatient imaging centers at our Gardendale, Leeds and Highlands locations. We perform a large variety of neurological, body, vascular, and musculoskeletal exams. We are at the forefront of MR imaging with our PET/MR services, our imaging of patients with implanted cardiac devices, as well as our MR Elastography program for quantifying liver fibrosis. MR Equipment

General

The UAB Department of Radiology has multiple radiographic rooms and portable radiography units in UAB Hospital - North Pavilion, Kirklin Clinic, UAB Highlands, UAB Leeds, UAB Gardendale, and the Whitaker Clinic. Additionally, there are two digital fluoroscopic rooms on the sixth floor of North Pavilion, two at UAB Highlands, and three digital fluoroscopic rooms in the Kirklin Clinic, performing over 20 fluoroscopic exams daily. Portable fluoroscopic units are available for use in the North Pavilion and UAB Highlands operating rooms.

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. As of now there are 13 suites with 4 dedicated to IR procedures. Construction is currently underway to expand the center to 18 rooms with 5 rooms dedicated to IR - 4 Phillips Angiosuites all with cone beam CT functionality and a combined CT/Angio Nexarus.

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

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Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine at UAB is part of the Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics. Over 12,000 scans and targeted radiopharmaceutical therapies are performed each year among the Division’s three clinical sections: Nuclear Medicine, PET, and Nuclear Cardiology.

PET/CT in the Advanced Imaging Facility, found in the basement of The Wallace Tumor Institute of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, includes two new state of the art time-of-flight GE 710 PET/CT scanners and a TR-24 cyclotron. A new GE PET/MRI is being installed.

Nuclear Medicine, located on the 7th floor Jefferson Tower/Quarterback Tower, houses 5 dual-head SPECT cameras, a triple-head SPECT, a solid-state detector portable camera, and a wet lab. Two new GE SPECT/CTs and a dedicated dual-head molecular imaging breast camera are being installed. Outpatient Nuclear Cardiology on the fourth floor of the Kirklin Clinic is performed on two dual-head SPECT cameras. Nuclear Medicine at Highlands Hospital is found in Radiology on the second floor where nuclear cardiology and general nuclear medicine exams are performed on a dual-head SPECT.

The adjacent VA Medical Centers has 4 SPECT/CTs, a GE 64-slice PET/CT, and a Spectrum D CZT detector cardiac camera. Nuclear Medicine Equipment


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