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PCAM Nuclear Imaging Room at Penn Medicine

 

The Penn Division of Neuroradiology is among the top programs in the United States with a full complement of outstanding faculty and staff dedicated to providing excellent clinical care, cutting-edge research and first-rate education.

Clinical

As part of its ongoing commitment to leading technology and patient care, the Division of Neuroradiology at Penn Medicine developed state-of-the-art imaging methods, such as diffusion tensor imaging, 2D and 3D magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging, perfusion imaging, BOLD imaging, and CT angiography. In support of this service, the division further added state-of-the-art 3 Tesla MRI scanners; 64 detector CT scanners (one with dual energy capability); a state-of-the-art 3D laboratory with dedicated post-processing workstations; dedicated technologists, research associates and post-doctoral fellows who help with the transfer and implementation of technical developments; and a dedicated clinical conference for the review of advanced CNS imaging studies.

Staffed by nationally renowned neuroradiologists with expertise in head and neck cancer, the PET-CT service is supported by a multidisciplinary group of nuclear medicine physicians, physicists, and oncologists.

Images are interpreted in two readings rooms, one in the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the other in the Orthopedic Clinic at Presbyterian Hospital. Each reading room is equipped with ergonomic viewing stations, leading-edge PACS systems and digital voice recognition capabilities. Each workstation also has access to 3D processing software. For conferences and shared workflow, real-time connection between the two reading rooms is facilitated by universal work list function and video teleconferencing equipment.

Education

Penn Radiology offers a full two-year diagnostic residency program, along with a Neuroradiology Fellowship, providing training in one- and two-year tracks, to individuals who have successfully completed radiology residency and are board certified. Medical Student Electives are also available for med students considering which clinical path to take. 

Research

The research group in the Division of Neuroradiology has been extremely successful in developing close collaborations with neuroscience researchers locally and nationally;
securing funding from NIH, AHA, foundations, and societal and industrial sources; and publishing in prestigious, peer-reviewed journals. The divison’s research group is supported by dedicated grant writing experts, study design and biostatistics support, and research coordinators.

The division has developed programs in basic, translational and clinical research, including studies of:

  • Brain perfusion in sickle cell disease
  • The biology and metabolism of brain neoplasms
  • Cerebral vasospasm in subarachnoid hemorrhage
  • White matter connectivity in psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Atheromatous plaque composition in carotid artery
  • Brain imaging in diabetes mellitus
  • Functional Imaging in assessing response to head and neck cancer 
 
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