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About the Department of Radiology

We advance imaging care, educational programs, and research initiatives in New York City and on Long Island.
Michael P. Recht - The Louis Marx Professor and Chair

Michael P. Recht, MD

The Louis Marx Professor and Chair

Welcome to NYU Langone Health’s Department of Radiology! This is an exciting and challenging time in radiology, and I am proud that our faculty are leaders in our academic medical center’s trifold mission to serve, to teach, and to discover.

Our radiologists interpret approximately 2 million examinations each year from 6 hospitals, including several Level 1 Trauma Centers, and more than 50 outpatient imaging centers throughout New York City and Long Island. At the same time, we strive to uphold a culture that promotes diversity and inclusion and a positive work–life balance for our staff, all while providing world-class imaging care in the most patient-centric manner.

We strive to make our services accessible on digital health platforms. Our patients are able to schedule imaging exams online, fill out necessary forms before each appointment for a contactless registration and check-in process, and view and share their imaging findings. We are also committed to following the principles of a high-reliability organization (HRO), which include approaching mistakes as opportunities for improvement and prioritizing emergency training for unlikely situations. These tools have been especially important to ensure patient safety during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Areas of clinical focus include the use of dual-energy CT, MR/PET imaging, theranostics, accelerated MRI techniques, and innovative interventional procedures, such as outpatient Y-90 embolization and prostate artery embolization.

The Department of Radiology is home to a team of approximately 150 researchers, including 33 research faculty. We are consistently one of the highest-ranked radiology departments in the nation, receiving more than $20 million in National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant funding in 2020. Our research and clinical care teams are integrated to enable the rapid translation of imaging innovations into clinical practice. At NYU Langone’s Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research (CAI2R), a National Center for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering funded by the NIH, we’ve successfully established a new model of collaboration between basic scientists, clinical radiologists, clinicians from various medical specialties, and industry partners. These efforts focus on the following research areas:

  • reimagining the future of imaging with intelligent image acquisition, reconstruction, and analysis
  • developing the scanners of the future, which we envision as flexible, self-correcting, multi-sensor machines
  • using imaging to reveal tissue microstructure and function

We recently collaborated with Facebook’s artificial intelligence research team to publish the first paper to document the clinical interchangeability of deep learning–accelerated MR images with conventional MR images of the knee. The accelerated MRI technology allows for a five-minute comprehensive knee examination that we have found to be interchangeable with traditional MRI methods.

Radiology education remains a priority for our department and is exemplified by our outstanding radiology residencies and subspecialty fellowships. It is a testament to our success that each year we hire several of our graduates to join our imaging team. Working collaboratively within NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s innovative MD curriculum, we have developed novel methods to introduce diagnostic imaging into medical student education, most recently using imaging to replace cadavers for our anatomy courses.

I am excited about each of these initiatives and accomplishments. But I am most enthusiastic and proud of our department’s most valuable resource: our faculty, trainees, and staff. They are an incredibly talented, caring, and dedicated group of professionals committed to providing our patients with the best imaging care.