Academic Divisions - Department of Radiology
Montefiore is the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine. As such, we are committed to patient care and academic excellence. We have a large Diagnostic Radiology Residency training program with 36 residents, support 12 subspecialty fellowship positions per year, and offer a separate, fully-accredited Nuclear Medicine Residency with six residents.
Our academic divisions lie at the core of our mission to provide outstanding, highly specialized patient care and to train the next generation of physician leaders. All our faculty members contribute to the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows. Each division provides faculty depth within individual specialty areas, with expertise in advanced imaging, clinical and translational research, and teaching.
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Division of Abdominal Imaging
The Abdominal Imaging Division's board-certified radiologists are subspecialized and fully dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of abdominal and pelvic diseases. We work with a broad spectrum of conditions, including oncologic and vascular diseases and various pathologic conditions of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems.
Our Abdominal Imaging team provides high-quality patient care, education and research, utilizing innovation in diagnostic imaging and therapies for benign and malignant diseases. Imaging procedures of the abdomen and pelvis include CT, CT colonography, MRI, and GI and GU fluoroscopy including hysterosalpingography. The Cross-Sectional Interventional Procedure Service performs percutaneous biopsies, fluid aspirations and catheter drainages guided by ultrasound or CT.
The Abdominal Radiologists participate in various multidisciplinary conferences and discuss specific patient issues with a team of physicians from various specialties, including oncologists, surgeons, hepatologists, gastroenterologists and pathologists.
Division of Breast Imaging
The Division of Breast Imaging is staffed by board certified radiologists with specialization in all aspects of breast imaging. Our dedicated team of physicians, administrators, technologists, fellows and residents is committed to serving our diverse patient population, and our physicians interpret more than 50,000 mammography studies each year.
We offer screening mammography at seven locations, all of which are accredited by the American College of Radiology. Our diagnostic centers have been designated as ACR Centers of Excellence. All technologists have specialty certification in mammography and all of our facilities meet the standards set by the Mammography Quality Standards Act.
The Division of Breast Imaging participates in the National Mammography Database, a voluntary program which allows radiology practices to compare their performance with other similar practices. To date, our physicians exceed all benchmarks set forth by the NMD in cancer detection rates and positive predictive values.
Diagnostic mammography and breast ultrasound are currently performed at Montefiore Advanced Imaging at the Medical Arts Pavilion and the Montefiore Breast Center at the Medical Park. Our physicians at these sites perform all types of percutaneous image-guided procedures. These include stereotactic biopsies, ultrasound guided core needle biopsies, fine needle aspirations, and cyst aspirations. Our physicians also perform wire/needle localization procedures or radioactive seed localization procedures for patients requiring breast surgery.
Breast MRI is available at Advanced Imaging at Gun Hill as well as at the Montefiore Medical Park. Both sites are fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and offer state of the art imaging with dedicated breast coils and interpretative software. Our dedicated breast imagers perform MRI guided biopsies, as needed.
Our physicians work closely with members of the Breast Surgery, Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Pathology Departments and participate in the multidisciplinary breast tumor board conferences. This team approach facilitates and promotes exceptional individualized patient care.
Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging
The Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging provides comprehensive, integrative services for pulmonary and cardiac diseases in the emergency, inpatient, and outpatient setting. Our subspecialized radiologists work closely with referring clinicians from many departments, including the:
- Montefiore Einstein Center for Heart and Vascular Care
- Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care
- Children's Hospital at Montefiore
- Montefiore Departments of Surgery, Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine.
Each diagnostic study and interventional procedure is individually tailored to optimize diagnostic accuracy, procedural planning, medical therapy, and patient follow-up. The modalities utilized are radiography, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging.
The Cardiothoracic Radiology Section—which includes pediatric and adult cardiologists and fellows—is home to five full-time, two part-time attending radiologists and two radiology fellows.
The Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging at Montefiore plays a key role in teaching students with Albert Einstein College of Medicine during their required 3rd year clerkship and during 4th year clinical and research electives. All radiology residents spend a significant portion of their time learning both cardiac and thoracic cross-sectional imaging modalities, as well as radiography in the intensive care and emergency settings. The division is also actively involved in interdisciplinary education.
The Cardiothoracic Radiology Section is actively involved in multidisciplinary collaborative clinical research in the various aspects of cardiac and pulmonary disease and recently was awarded a grant from the American Heart Association. The grant focus is on comparing the effectiveness of stress echocardiography versus coronary CT angiography in Emergency Department patients who are presenting with chest pain. We involve trainees at all level in our research including medical students, residents and fellows.
Read about our specialized programs in thoracic imaging, cardiac imaging, lung cancer screening and interventional procedures.
Division of Emergency Imaging
The Division of Emergency Radiology is our newest subspecialty division. Our Board Certified and fellowship trained emergency radiologists focus emergency diagnoses, including fractures, intra-abdominal pathology such as appendicitis or diverticulitis, and neurological conditions such as stroke and intracranial hemorrhage.
Over 200,000 radiologic studies are performed every year in the Emergency Department; many are interpreted overnight. Montefiore's emergency radiologists use the latest technologies including 64 slice CAT (CT) scanners, high field Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and the latest ultrasound equipment; all are available overnight across Montefiore.
Advanced visualization software is available at every workstation for accurate interpretation of CT angiography (CTA) studies and 3D depiction of complex fractures. Our attendings also take part in resident and medical student education, and intra-divisional and inter-divisional research.
Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging
The Division of Musculoskeletal Imaging provides state-of-the art care for patients presenting with bone, joint and soft tissue conditions. Our board certified, fellowship trained radiologists are experienced in interpreting studies from all modalities including radiography, magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography, ultrasound and fluoroscopy. The division offers numerous imaging-guided procedures such as MRI or CT arthrography, pain injections, bone biopsies and soft tissue biopsies.
The MSK imaging division interacts regularly with a number of clinical services—including orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology, endocrinology and the primary care services—and works closely with three dedicated bone pathologists.
Division of Neuroradiology
Montefiore's Division of Neuroradiology was the first in New York to perform endovascular embolization for aneurysms in the early 1990s and the first in the tri-state area to perform Vertebroplasty, which established our lasting reputation for cutting-edge treatment for conditions such as acute stroke, aneurysms and back pain that begins with a highly skilled staff and a correct diagnosis for each patient.
Our board certified staff of 11 CAQ qualified neuroradiologists draws on their many years of experience using state-of-the-art technological resources to precisely interpret noninvasive imaging studies and to perform neurointerventional procedures, including: Myelography; Angiography; Spinal and Cerebral Embolization; Stroke intervention; Vertebroplasty; CT-guided biopsies and Pain management.
Our staff has access to three Tesla MRI, open MRI, 64-slice multi-dector CT, MR Spectroscopy, MR Perfusion, functional MRI, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, SPECT/CT, PET/CT and 3D-digital subtraction angiography for clinical and research purposes.
Daily multidisciplinary conferences allow for enhanced patient care and close collaboration with neurology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, otolaryngology, psychiatry and general medical and pediatric colleagues.
Division of Nuclear Medicine
The Division of Nuclear Medicine is one of the largest in the nation, with extensive activities in patient care, research and teaching. Our award-winning team of physicians, assistants, nurses, technicians, administrators, fellows, residents, research associates and chemists comprises the most extensive nuclear medicine group in the New York Metropolitan area, caring for more than 20,000 patients each year and employing the most advanced technology available in the field.
Nearly one-third of the practice caters to cardiac issues, one-third for cancer of all types and one-third for other diseases such as: brain, Alzheimer's, kidney, infectious, and benign bone. Although the two largest components of the Division are cardiac disease and cancer, our physicians span the gamut when it comes to areas of expertise. Some of their various specialties include: GI disease, breast cancer, kidney disease and cardiac disease.
Patients ranging from pediatric to adults come to us for a variety of concerns. These may be minor, such as bone scans for injuries or tests for urinary tract infections or of a serious nature such as cancer, coronary artery disease, or kidney disease. In order to alleviate any anxieties, patients undergo an examination prior to scans or tests, and at that time, a physician and/or nurse will explain the process and what to expect. Patients feel little or no discomfort, as tests consist of a simple injection, much the same as drawing blood.
Division of Pediatric Imaging
The Division of Pediatric Imaging at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore is home to a team of board-certified and CAQ-fellowship trained pediatric radiologists who specialize in the examination and interpretation of prenatal through adolescent imaging.
Our team works exclusively with pediatric patients, covering the full spectrum of pediatric pathology while meeting the needs of pediatric patients and a multidisciplinary team of doctors. Our imaging and diagnostic approach minimizes radiation exposure as much as possible.
Every member of our team skillfully uses the full spectrum of imaging methods and technologies at CHAM, including state-of-the art diagnostic equipment like a new MRI, four CT scanners and six new ultrasounds. Our diagnostic imaging tools include:
- CT scans
- MRI scans
- Flouroscopy (Including esophograms, upper gastrointestinal series, barium enemas, voiding cystourethrograms, and others)
- Diagnostic Angiography
- Interventional Radiology
- Neuroradiology, both diagnostic and interventional
- General radiography (X-rays)
Division of Ultrasound
For decades, the Division of Ultrasound at Montefiore has provided the highest level of diagnosis and interpretation of ultrasound examinations.
Our team of board-certified radiologists—accredited by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography—interpret more than 95,000 examinations annually, including:
- Abdominal scans
- Pelvic and Transvaginal examinations
- Obstetric imaging
- Renal and retroperitoneal sonography
- Scrotal and prostate imaging
- Thyroid and other superficial scanning
- Neonatal brain
- Peripheral vascular, intra-operative, and biopsy and aspiration/drainage procedures.
We have state of the art high-resolution real-time duplex, color Doppler and 3-D/4-D ultrasound equipment. We provide high level, compassionate service in three hospital and several outpatient facilities. We frequently serve as a regional referral center for patients who are sent for a second opinion after being imaged locally.
In addition to our clinical service, our physicians provide intensive educational training for residents and fellows, and are engaged in research projects within the department and in conjunction with the Abdominal Imaging Division. The division's faculty members have lectured on the use of ultrasound in patient diagnosis throughout the world, and have made many contributions to the ultrasound literature.
Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology
The Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology is at the forefront of every vascular and interventional radiology medical breakthrough aimed at treating patients safely and aggressively with minimally invasive alternatives to surgery.
Vascular and interventional radiology—the growing practice of using radiological images to guide narrow tubes (catheters) and other tiny instruments through blood vessels and other parts of the body to both diagnose and treat various conditions—is an advanced procedure that rarely requires general anesthesia, which can dramatically reduce a patient's risk, recovery time and cost. Innovation lies at the heart of the full range of vascular and nonvascular diagnostic and interventional procedures we provide. Traditional vascular services for all patients from pediatric to geriatric include:
- Diagnostic angiography
- Stents and stent grafts (e.g. mesenteric artery stenting, aortic aneurysm repair, etc.)
- Inferior vena cava (IVC) filter placement
- Management of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Hemodialysis grafts
- Embolization of vascular lesions
- Uterine fibroid embolization
- Venous access