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The types of imaging services offered are general
radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, interventional
and angiographic special procedures, computerized tomography (CT),
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), skeletal, chest, genitourinary,
gastrointestinal, and pediatric radiology. In recent years we have
entered into several contracts to provide teleradiology services around
the country. All technologists are registered and state licensed to
perform their respective examinations in accordance with current
practice standards. Continuous in-service programs, seminars, and
in-house cross training are required to ensure that the staff is fully
qualified to perform their assigned duties.
A trained and qualified support staff is an integral part of the
department's full service operation. Radiology film file clerks
maintain complete radiological records so that current and previous
X-rays/images and reports are made available to physicians requesting
these services. A trained and licensed nursing staff supports patients'
medical needs while in the department. Secretarial and clerical staff
support ensures that pertinent patient information is available quickly
and accurately at all times. Over 20,000 reports are transcribed,
distributed by email and filed every month. In addition, a voice
recognition computerized reporting system, which is part of the RIS, is
in place to provide timely reports to referring physicians.
The overall departmental operation is enhanced
greatly by the use of a radiology information management system called
IDXrad. The features of this system include patient scheduling,
tracking, results reporting, billing operations, and many other
administrative functions. The system has been interfaced to the
hospital's information system for physician use campus wide so as to
make information readily available to those caring for patients. The
future holds many new challenges such as additional computerization of
equipment, and re-establishing the PET / CT system. Additional needs
include another high field strength magnetic resonance imaging system
here on campus, and the upgrading of several other items of imaging
The Department of Radiology at UTMB has a longstanding
commitment to clinical and laboratory research. This translates into
multiple research opportunities for incoming residents. Current
research interests include techniques to reduce metallic artifact in
MRI; faster MRA sequences which allow dynamic imaging; and comparison
of T1 relaxivity in contrast agents for MRI amongst others. This past
year alone our residents presented at the American Society of
Neuroradiology (ASNR), the Association of University Radiologists (AUR)
and the Texas Radiological Society.
We now have a dynaCT bi-plane x-ray angiography system and a
2nd generation dual energy CT (Definition Flash, Siemens Healthcare)
installed on our main campus, which opens many new research
UTMB Radiology is characterized by excellent
diversity of clinical material and a rich tradition of teaching. Over
200,000 exams are performed annually and these come from the main state
hospital, a large Texas Department of Corrections Hospital, a Pediatric
Hospital, and the Shriners Burns Hospital. In addition numerous
outpatient facilities feed material to the Department.