The past several years have seen a tremendous increase in the role of radiology departments. Rapid technology development in CT, MR, and nuclear medicine has led to myriad new indications for and uses of imaging. Imaging-guided intervention has replaced many traditional surgical procedures. Consumer sophistication and demand have contributed to the explosive growth in imaging volumes, requiring a new level of expertise and sophistication in the use and interpretation of imaging exams.
There is rarely, if ever, a patient whose care is not critically impacted by the results of an imaging examination. And yet, somewhat paradoxically, there has never been a time where there has been more concern regarding the future of radiology as a profession. The changing economic climate facing imaging - in particular the planned decrease in imaging reimbursement, as well as the decrease in government support for research mandates that academic departments develop new algorithms to address clinical care, research and education. The Radiology Department of NYULMC is committed to transforming the field of radiology to improve the lives of people. We understand that the field of radiology is changing and we are determined to lead, define, and make these changes by integrating our clinical and research activities. It is imperative for radiology departments, especially academic radiology departments, to increase their focus on research and in particular to integrate the basic scientists and clinical researchers in their departments. It is this integration which will allow radiologists to transform the field of radiology through translational research leading to better diagnosis and less invasive treatment, as well as to develop breakthrough technologies such as multichannel CT, parallel imaging in MR, and PET-CT.
The Radiology department of NYULMC is in a unique position to take the lead in developing new algorithms and defining the role of an academic radiology department in this new environment. Our staff consists of over 100 subspecialized academic radiologists, many of whom are acknowledged leaders and innovators in their fields; over 20 full time basic scientists and several post docs; and approximately 70 residents and fellows. We have state of the art equipment as well as a research facility specializing in high field and ultra high field MR including a 7T magnet. We are fortunate to work with the excellent clinical departments at New York University Langone Medical Center, and are proud that NYULMC has been named to the US News and World Report Honor Roll of Hospitals. We are also proud to be associated with Bellevue Hospital, which is a cornerstone of our training program. The New York University School of Medicine is in the process of implementing an innovative new medical school curriculum should allow for new directions and integration of radiology electives.
I am confident that the field of radiology will undergo exciting changes over the next several years. I am equally confident that the Department of Radiology of NYULMC will be a leader in defining this future.