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The VCU Department of Radiology is at the forefront of academic radiology departments. Faculty members offer clinical, technological, educational and research initiatives that train the next generation of radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians.
We are dedicated to our Image of Excellence through the fulfillment of our Mission & Vision.
We offer comprehensive radiology residency programs and subspecialty fellowship programs
VCU Department of Radiology faculty and full-time research scientists uphold the tradition of innovative discoveries and excellence in research.
Our research portfolio extends from basic activities to clinical trials, including:
Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known for their expertise in medical imaging, interventional radiology, diagnostic medical physics, and nuclear medicine
Each slide features a different procedure, which emphasizes the expertise of our radiologists.
Advanced prostate imaging is performed through magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the prostate. Appropriate treatment recommendations for prostate cancer are based on knowing the accurate staging of the tumor. During a non-invasive examination, specialists perform multiple advanced imaging techniques, which when evaluated together, can with a high-degree of accuracy detect and locate prostate cancer.
The VCU Department of Radiology provides expertise in aortic stent grafting using guided imaging techniques to treat aortic aneurysms. A stent graft is a small tube made of fabric supported by a metal mesh. The stent is typically put in place using a catheter and is designed to seal tightly with the artery above and below the aneurysm. The stent reinforces the wall of the vessel making it safe for blood to flow through.
Breast magnetic resonance imaging (breast MRI) uses a magnetic field to generate images of the breast before and after a contrast injection. The VCU Department of Radiology's Breast Imaging Center was the first facility in Virginia with breast MRI to earn the American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation.
Specialty-trained gastrointestinal radiologists offer computed tomography enterography and magnetic resonance enterography to evaluate the small intestine. These procedures use the cross-sectional imaging technology of computed tomography or magnetic resonance to assess the small intestine, the surrounding mesentery, vasculature and other adjacent structures.
Fetal magnetic resonance imaging (fetal MRI) is an imaging technique that provides information about the anatomic structure of a fetus. It particularly excels in the evaluation of the fetal brain and spine. Fetal MRI can be used to help prognosticate outcome in cases of congenital diaphragmatic hernia and fetal lung masses.
Our lung cancer screening program is the first facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Lung Cancer Screening Center. As an ACR designated Lung Cancer Screening facility, the VCU Department of Radiology is dedicated to providing high quality screening care and patient safety.
Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is caused by the buildup of plaque in the arteries of the legs. Plaque is a substance made up of cholesterol, calcium and fibrous tissue.
Our specialty-trained radiologists use guided imaging techniques to perform minimally invasive procedures, including angioplasty and stents, to widen the artery, thereby allowing more blood flow.
Interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons collaborate to treat varicose veins and spider veins using advanced radiology techniques and the latest technology.
Uterine fibroid embolization (UFE) is a minimally invasive procedure where experienced interventional radiologists use X-ray imaging to guide a catheter placed in the upper thigh to the uterine arteries. Tiny particles are then injected through the catheter into the blood vessels, blocking the blood supply feeding the fibroids, which causes them to shrink and die. UFE is an alternative to traditional treatments that include the surgical removal of the fibroids (myomectomy) or removal of the entire uterus (hysterectomy).
Ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves to create an accurate image of the inside of the body. Ultrasound generally utilizes a small, portable device, which uses sound waves instead of ionizing radiation.
The VCU Department of Radiology was among the first in Virginia to offer virtual colonoscopy, which is medically known as computed tomography (CT) colonography. The advanced imaging procedure is non-invasive and allows an evaluation of the entire colon, without the risks, such as bowel perforation, or complications from sedation associated with standard colonography.
The suspension comes after federal health agencies on Tuesday called for an immediate pause in use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
The link to the vaccine isn’t definite, and cases are rare, but caution is necessary to ensure patient safety.
The study provides important information for smokers who may be trying to use e-cigarettes as a means to cut down on their smoking habit.
Gift from Helene Fuld Health Trust supports scholarships for master’s students at the VCU School of Nursing.
Black Americans experienced highest per capita excess death rates, while regional surges contributed to higher excess death rates from COVID-19 and other causes, a VCU-led JAMA study finds.
A new study led by VCU researchers surveyed 788 people. Among its findings: Older people were less likely to support donating vaccines, as were Republicans.
“If we have a relative rate of vaccination that’s aligned with our relative rate of infection and death, that’s a more equitable approach.”
Only 15% of U.S. medical schools offer competency-based graduation. These programs allow students to graduate in 3 years instead of 4, and can help reduce student debt and address physician shortages.
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Richmond, VA - March 2021 - Ann S. Fulcher, MD, FACR, FSAR, Professor and Chair of the VCU Department of Radiology, was awarded the 2021 Gold Medal from the Society of Abdominal Radiology (SAR). The Gold Medal is the highest honor presented by the Society and it's awarded to individuals who have made significant and continuous contributions to the field of abdominal radiology.
SAR is a leading professional society for abdominal radiologists with over 1,500 members. The Society's vision, as stated on their website, is to "optimize patient health by leading advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of abdominal disease."
Among Dr. Ann Fulcher's many career accomplishments in abdominal radiology, she pioneered early work on Magnetic Resonance Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) for the non-invasive imaging and diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary disease. Today, this procedure is commonly used throughout the world.
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Richmond, VA - April 2021 - Neeraj Lalwani, MD, abdominal imaging specialist and associate professor for the VCU Department of Radiology, has partnered with MRI Online to offer a comprehensive continuing medical education series on pancreas imaging. The course is part of the MRI Online Imaging Mastery Series and includes 45 videos for 160 minutes of informative content. Dr. Lalwani reviews current techniques for imaging the pancreas and discusses pancreas anatomy, protocols, metastatic disease and surgical procedures.
MRI Online is an online continuing education resource providing courses and cases for practicing radiologists to expand their radiology expertise across all modalities. MRI Online partners with proven educators to create training opportunities for radiologists in every stage of their career.
As members of the VCU Department of Radiology in the VCU School of Medicine we have a responsibility to condemn racism and all forms of discrimination. We will continue to own our history with transparency and humility, learning from the mistakes of the past and building on strengths of the present to create a more just and equitable future. We are committed to fostering open dialogue with the community to inform meaningful actions and long-term, ongoing engagement.Visit VCU Diversity, Equity and Inclusion