Welcome from James E. Youker, MD, FACR,
Chairman and Robert C. Olson, MD, Professor in Radiology
Medical College of Wisconsin
Department of Radiology
The Department of Radiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin brings together a nationally recognized faculty, excellent equipment and facilities based at Froedtert Hospital on a regional medical center campus.
The faculty benefits from the combined strength of a group of highly subspecialized individuals with interests covering all subspecialities of academic Diagnostic Radiology, and an experienced group of general radiologists with expertise bridging several of the traditional subspecialty areas.
The Department is distinguished by very modern equipment, often brought to the institution through collaborative relations with major vendors, in a functional and innovative physical design.
Department-wide picture archiving and communications systems, using the McKesson PACS product, has been successfully implemented. Since 2002 the Department has used electronic systems to read and manage imaging studies.
Enterprise-wide distribution of PACS equipment, with electronic distribution of images is in the final stages of implementation. The Department's informatics group is a recognized leader in PACS implementation, workspace design, and systems management. The next step will be the installation of a new Radiology Information System as part of a hospital-wide electronic medical system installation.
This implementation will offer improved integration between images and reports, faster and seamless management of the entire PACS protocol, and more effective communication with consulting physicians.
The Department is responding to steady growth in clinical demand, in partnership with Froedtert Hospital by preparing to install a new CT scanner and a clinical MRI unit in the outpatient pavilion. Recently installed hybrid PET/CT and a new multi-detector CT scanner in the pavilion, dedicated to outpatient demand, are already very busy. The new equipment will further improve our access for outpatients and allow more efficient management of the entire imaging resource. The Medical College of Wisconsin is installing two new, 3T magnets which will support research and clinical functions.
All of these additional resources are allowing the Department to offer an expanded range of services, and to initiate new programs such as cardiac imaging, advanced breast MRI, expanded PET service, and improved outpatient access.
Research programs in several areas, including advanced MRI, basic MRI research, CT development, informatics research, and many other programs bring recognition to the Department and support our record of contribution to the scholarly mission.
Basic researchers within the Department, as well as collaborating scientists from other departments in the Medical School, all contribute to a vigorous and successful research environment. Major vendors, particularly General Electric Medical Systems, are strongly committed to the Department. They provide new clinical and research equipment available nowhere else in the world that furthers our collaborative efforts and provides exceptional opportunities for academic productivity.
James E. Youker, MD, FACR
Professor and Chair of Radiology