The Emergency Radiology section strives to provide comprehensive, expeditious, round the clock interpretations for emergency department and STAT inpatient examinations.
The STAT inpatient imaging most commonly originates from one of the four Intensive Care Units (Neurological, Surgical, Cardiac or Medical) at University of Cincinnati Medical Center.
University of Cincinnati Medical Center is the only verified Adult Level 1 Trauma Center in the region, serving patients in Southwestern Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana.
The University of Cincinnati Medical Center emergency department sees thousands of trauma cases a year. It was the first hospital in the area to be designated a Primary Stroke Center and there is a close collaborative relationship between the radiology department and our neurology and neurosurgery colleagues.
These factors lead to a large number of imaging studies being performed on critically ill patients during off hours. The influx of studies coupled that with the increased demand for final interpretation of studies during the overnight period generated a need for a new section within the Department of Radiology: Emergency Radiology.
Resident education is the other focus of the Emergency Radiology section.
Residents repeatedly cite their overnight "on-call" responsibilities as one of the most important aspects of their education. Rather than supplant the resident's work responsibilities, which would significantly hamper their educational experience, the Emergency Radiology staff strives to augment the resident's on-call experience by providing immediate feedback on residents' reports.
The faculty makes every effort to ensure that the residents maintain the autonomy and decision-making, which makes overnight call such a powerful learning experience.
Additionally, we have begun to implement faculty organized Quality Assurance conferences where difficult, interesting and misinterpreted cases from the overnight period are presented in an educational and non-judgmental fashion.
Beginning in July of 2013, will offer one 1-year Emergency Radiology fellowship position annually.
Diagnostic plain radiography, CT imaging, ultrasonography and MRI scanning are offered 24 hours a day. Nuclear medicine studies are also offered at all times, but their contemporaneous interpretation is performed by the nuclear medicine staff.
Link to: Body CT Protocols
The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) provide descriptions of various X-ray, CT, MRI, Ultrasound, and other procedures on their jointly developed site, Radiology Info.
Radiology Info answers patient questions related to many radiologic procedures and therapies.