Message from the Chairman

I want to welcome you to the NYU Langone Department of Radiology. These are exciting times for our department. The healthcare environment is changing rapidly and imaging is at the center of many of these changes. It is imperative that academic radiology departments take the lead in defining the value of imaging, assure the highest quality and most patient centric delivery of imaging, and integrate with our referring clinical care teams. Over the last several years our department has continued to innovate in our clinical, research, and educational missions to accomplish these goals.

First and foremost, we have made several changes to ensure that we are providing the best possible imaging care for all of our patients. We have increased the availability of our services on weekends and evenings, now offering a full complement of imaging procedures, including pediatric ultrasound and diagnostic mammography. We have broadened our footprint, extending our imaging services into Long Island, Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn, to make it easier for patients to receive world class imaging without having to leave their neighborhoods. We have made quality and safety a priority in our department and have instituted several new programs to guarantee that our patients receive the best and safest imaging care. Radiation safety is paramount and to this end we have acquired state of the art CT scanners that have the ability to deliver excellent image quality with the least amount of radiation. We track radiation dose for every CT exam and we were one of the first departments to join the ACR dose registry to make sure that we are providing the lowest possible radiation dose compared to our peers while maintaining optimal image quality. We have published a departmental quality book, with the second one to be published later this year, outlining several of our initiatives and making transparent our quality metrics. We have recently embarked on a mission to adopt the culture and practices that define “high reliability” organizations to further ensure that every patient that entrusts their care to us will receive the world class care that they deserve. We have established a program for comparative effectiveness research to measure the outcomes of our imaging procedures and demonstrate their value and cost effectiveness.

We understand it is necessary for imagers to be more visible and accessible to both our patients and referring physician colleagues. Several new pilot programs have been developed to guarantee that we will remain a leader in this area: every patient who comes to our department is given a card signed by every member of our department who participates in their care and invites feedback; we now do “real time” mammographic interpretations; our interventional radiology teams have both consult and admitting services; we have developed a new radiology report that embeds images into our reports as well as tables and graphs to allow our clinicians a more accurate method of tracking the response of lesions to treatment; we have introduced “virtual radiology rounds” to make sure that our clinicians have access to our team of radiologists whenever they need them.

Our research team continues to expand with an emphasis on translational research and the integration of our basic research innovations with our clinical care team. Our goal is to develop new ways of seeing to improve our ability to make accurate diagnoses earlier enabling more effective and successful treatment. We have established the Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research to pilot a new model of collaboration between our basic scientists, clinical radiologists, clinical colleagues, and our industrial partners. By aligning the incentives of each of these groups we believe we will be able to advance imaging science and imaging care much more rapidly than if each of these groups operates independently. We were the first center in New York to acquire a MR-PET scanner and have the most experience imaging patients on the scanner of any institution in the United States. We are currently installing a cyclotron and research radiochemistry laboratories to take maximum advantage of this new and exciting modality to better diagnose and characterize malignancies, neurologic and psychiatric pathology, as well as cardiac abnormalities.

Education remains a priority for our department and is exemplified by our outstanding residency and fellowship programs. We are proud that each year we hire several of our graduates to join our imaging team. In conjunction with the innovative C21 curriculum of the NYU medical school, we have developed new ways to introduce diagnostic imaging into the medical school curriculum at ever earlier stages of students’ medical careers. We continue to expand our continuing medical education offerings with several courses each year.

I am excited about each of the initiatives described above. They are going to improve our department and the imaging care we provide to you, our patients and referring colleagues. But I am most excited and proud of our department’s most valuable resource: the members of our department. They are an incredibly talented, caring, and dedicated group of professionals committed to providing you the best imaging care.

Sincerely,

Michael P. Recht, MD
Louis Marx Professor and Chairman
Department of Radiology