The University of Maryland Medical Center is an 800-bed facility with a large outpatient department. The medical center cares for more than 35,000 inpatients and 300,000 outpatients each year. University of Maryland faculty physicians annually oversee more than 1 million patient visits (office, inpatient and outpatient).
The equipment of the department includes a wide range of imaging modalities, including cutting-edge clinical and research instrumentation. Among these are:
The Nuclear Medicine Division is well equipped with 4 SPECT cameras and a PET/CT unit. The department has expanded into a new inpatient facility and deployed a sophisticated hospital-wide picture archiving and communication system (PACS) with computed radiology. The Breast Center offers the most advanced techniques for diagnosis, from the latest in digital mammography to breast MR imaging procedures.
The VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore Division, is a part of the residency program, and approximately 5 months of each resident's time are spent in this facility over 4 years. The ultramodern 324-bed VA hospital is physically connected to the university hospital. The VA Diagnostic Imaging Department is a national leader in all-digital imaging, with advanced technologies, including multislice CT, 1.5T MR, 3T MR, PET, PET/CT, and a full array of nuclear medicine cameras.
Several regional outpatient imaging centers also provide a wide spectrum of case material.
Extensive electronic teaching files are available for individual or shared learning. Several full-time academic administrative assistants and a research administrator support the faculty and residents in the production of grant applications and publications. More than 10,000 square feet of dedicated and well-equipped basic research space, including new small animal imaging instrumentation, are assigned to this department on the medical school campus. Additional space and equipment are devoted to resident research and education activities, including a state-of-the-art conference room.
Almost 400,000 imaging examinations are performed each year at UMMC and associated imaging sites. Of these, approximately 21,000 are angiographic and/or interventional procedures, 96,000 are CT exams, and 18,000 are MR exams. The Nuclear Medicine Division of the department performs more than 14,000 scans per year, and approximately 21,000 ultrasound procedures are performed annually. In addition, the Baltimore VA Medical Center performs more than 75,000 imaging exams annually.