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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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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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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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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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Image of Excellence

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

Special Radiology Procedures

Each slide features a different procedure, which emphasizes the expertise of our radiologists.

Advanced Prostate Imaging

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.

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Aortic Stent Grafting

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. 

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Breast MRI

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.

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Computed Tomography Enterography and Magnetic Resonance Enterography

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.

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Fetal MRI

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. 

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Lung Cancer Screening

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.

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Peripheral Arterial Disease Treatment

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. 

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Varicose Veins and Spider Veins Therapy

Interventional radiologists and vascular surgeons collaborate to treat varicose veins and spider veins using advanced radiology techniques and the latest technology.

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Uterine Fibroid Embolization

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).

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Ultrasound Imaging

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.

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Virtual Colonoscopy (CT Colonography)

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. 

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Society of Abdominal Radiology Awards Ann S. Fulcher, M.D. Highest Honor, 2021 Gold Medal

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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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Laura R. Carucci, M.D. Named Section Chief of Abdominal Imaging

Portrait of Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSARRichmond, VA - April 2021 - Laura R. Carucci, M.D., FACR, FSAR has been named Chief of the Abdominal Imaging section for the VCU Department of Radiology. Dr. Carucci completed her radiology residency and fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. She then joined the VCU School of Medicine faculty and has since risen to the rank of full professor. She has held multiple leadership positions in the department including Director of Computed Tomography (CT), Director of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Director of Abdominal MRI. In 2020, she received the prestigious award of Fellow of the American College of Radiology. 

Dr. Carucci specializes in gastrointestinal imaging and genitourinary imaging as well as performs and interprets abdominal and pelvic CT, MRI and GI/GU fluoroscopy studies. She is a well-respected professor and researcher, and is nationally known for her exceptional clinical skills and compassionate patient care. Dr. Carucci's clinical research interests include, bariatric imaging, postoperative GI and GU imaging, and luminal GI tract imaging. Dr. Carucci is the Chair of the Society of Abdominal Radiology GERD disease-focused panel and serves on the editorial board of RadioGraphics as Associate Editor and chair of gastrointestinal imaging.

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MRI Online Pancreas Imaging Mastery Series Course by Neeraj Lalwani, MD is Live

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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.

 

MRI Online Pancreas Imaging Mastery Series Course

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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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