Division of Diagnostic Medical Physics: Providing Clinical Services in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Physics

Division of Diagnostic Medical Physics: Providing Clinical Services in Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Physics

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Diagnostic Radiology: Using the Latest Non-Invasive Imaging Techniques for Advanced Procedures

Diagnostic Radiology: Using the Latest Non-Invasive Imaging Techniques for Advanced Procedures

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Nuclear Medicine: Diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases that involve radioactive material and medical imaging

Nuclear Medicine: Diagnosing and treating a variety of diseases that involve radioactive material and medical imaging

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Vascular Interventional Radiology: Specializing in Real-time Imaging and Micro-surgical Precision

Vascular Interventional Radiology: Specializing in Real-time Imaging and Micro-surgical Precision

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Radiology Residency: Training the Next Generation of Radiologists

Radiology Residency: Training the Next Generation of Radiologists

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Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency: Providing Core Skills and Clinical Expertise

Integrated Interventional Radiology Residency: Providing Core Skills and Clinical Expertise

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Mark S. Parker, M.D. Course Director of ARRS COVID-19 Virtual Symposium

Dr. Mark Parker, course director, to present at the American Roentgen Ray Society COVID-19: Prevailing Clinical, Imaging, Healthcare, and Economic Issues of 2022 Virtual Symposium on January 28th. Also to present is Michael P. Stevens M.D., VCU Division of Infectious Diseases.

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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.

Radiology Education Programs

We offer comprehensive radiology residency programs and subspecialty fellowship programs

Research

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:

  • Breast shielding for CT (computed tomography) radiation protection
  • Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP) in biliary and pancreatic imaging
  • Virtual colonography
  • Application of CT in trauma
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Radiology Faculty & Divisions

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally known for their expertise in medical imaging, interventional radiology, diagnostic medical physics, and nuclear medicine

Highly Skilled Physicians Perform Groundbreaking Procedures

Innovative Procedures, Cutting-Edge Technologies

The field of radiology encompasses a wide range of special procedures and the VCU Department of Radiology, through a series of strategic expansions, offers several innovative procedures, including cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), breast MRI, fetal MRI, venous ablation, uterine fibroid embolization radioimmunotherapy and virtual colonography.

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Safety Culture 2021 AHRQ Survey Results

The VCU Department of Radiology physicians outperformed the 2021 AHRQ Database of 172 participating hospitals and achieved 90th percentile ranking in 5 categories with highest scores in Teamwork and Communication Openness.

Female physician with female resident practicing a procedureVCU Health assessed the culture of safety at the health system using the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Culture Survey in July 2021. The anonymous survey ranked individual physician units in 10 categories to derive an overall safety score:

  • Teamwork
  • Staffing and Work Pace
  • Organizational Leadership/Continuous Improvement
  • Responses to Error
  • Supervisor, Manager or Clinical Leader Support for Patient Safety
  • Communication About Error
  • Communication Openness
  • Reporting Patient Safety Events
  • Hospital Management Support for Patient Safety
  • Handoffs and Information Exchanged

The results show the VCU Department of Radiology physicians, including attendings and residents, outperformed in all 10 categories compared to the 2021 AHRQ Database of 172 participating hospitals (87,856 respondents) and VCU Health physicians overall rankings. Radiology physicians also surpassed the national average of teaching hospitals in all 10 categories. Teaching hospitals made up 41% of the participating hospitals.

A radiology resident with an attending physician conducting a CT guided biopsyThe radiology physicians earned an overall safety score of 80 percent with the highest scores in Teamwork, scoring 95 percent, and Communication Openness, scoring 89 percent. The VCU Department of Radiology physicians were in the 90th percentile in 5 categories: Teamwork, Staffing and Work Pace, Organizational Leadership/Continuous Improvement, Responses to Error, and Communication Openness. 

The Department’s leadership attributes the high rankings to a supportive, proactive environment where physicians and staff focus on continuous improvement and problem solving. Radiology physicians are proud of the rankings and will continue efforts to improve reporting and communications while monitoring work pace and making staffing recommendations. The VCU Department of Radiology looks forward to developing new action plans that advance the VCU Health patient safety initiative.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) is a federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of the U.S. health care system. The agency’s mission, as stated on the AHRQ website, “is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.”

Mark S. Parker, M.D. Recipient of the American Roentgen Ray Society 2022 Distinguished Educator Award

Portrait of Mark Parker MD FACR in white coat

Mark S. Parker, M.D., FACR receives American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2022 Distinguished Educator Award. According to the ARRS website, "the award is designed to honor educators in the field of radiology with a track record of improving ARRS' educational program by creating and implementing new and innovative educational activities or improving on current activities that:

  • Disseminate to radiologists and other health professionals the most current scientific and clinical information on diagnostic imaging, image-guided intervention, and related fields
  • Keep the worldwide community of radiologists and other health professionals abreast of state-of-the-art techniques in radiology
  • Stimulate critical thinking and reflection in the science and practice of radiology
  • Promote research within the radiology community
  • Develop and support educators in radiology

The award celebrates inspirational people who are dedicated to providing education that results in improved participants' competence and performance which ultimately leads to improved patient outcomes."

Dr. Mark Parker is well-known throughout VCU as a dedicated educator of medical students, residents, fellows, and colleagues. As a Cardiothoracic Radiologist, Parker established the VCU Lung Cancer Screening Program. He also contributes to the evolving information related to COVID-19 by serving as the ARRS Course Director for the Virtual COVID-19 Symposium, which is attended by radiologists worldwide.

Ann S. Fulcher, M.D., Chair VCU Department of Radiology, expresses excitement that, "Dr. Parker's talents and contributions have been recognized on the national level by one of Radiology’s premier societies."

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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.

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