Diagnostic images have been used at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for over a century; our first x-ray machine was installed in 1902. The Department of Diagnostic Radiology was officially founded in 1947. For decades, residents and fellows have been training in our department, and education is vital to our mission.
Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD, Drhc, has been Chair of the Department of Radiology since 2000. Dr. Hricak is a member of the Institute of Medicine and also serves on the National Cancer Institute's Board of Scientific Advisors and on the Board of Directors of the Radiological Society of North America. She is a pioneer in gynecologic and prostate imaging. Her research emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration and aims to discover minimally invasive methods for improving cancer detection, treatment planning, and follow-up. Residents and fellows are invited to participate in her research, as well as in that of other radiology department faculty. See Dr. Hricak's laboratory Web pages.
[from top] Director, Educational Programs in Radiology David M. Panicek; Associate Director of Educational Programs in Radiology Michelle S. Ginsberg
For decades, Memorial Sloan Kettering's radiology department has been a leader in the acquisition of the latest in technology. In the late 1990s, we became one of the first hospitals to introduce a filmless and paperless department with the installation of a picture archiving and communications system (PACS), which has undergone many subsequent upgrades. Reports are instantly generated using an advanced continuous speech recognition program.
Our state-of-the-art equipment includes the following: twelve (16- and 64-slice and dual-energy) CT scanners, fourteen 1.5-T and 3-T MRI scanners, ten PET/CT scanners, two SPECT-CT scanners, and seventeen ultrasound units. This includes two dedicated MRI scanners, one PET/CT scanner, three ultrasound units, two combined angio-CT units, and one angio unit in the Center for Image-Guided Intervention. Hyperpolarizer for MRI and an MRI/PET scanner will be installed in 2014.
The Center for Image Guided Intervention, or CIGI, brings together the most advanced technologies available for cancer intervention, uniting physicians and scientists in radiology, surgery, engineering, and other fields. In this multidisciplinary setting, minimally invasive cancer treatments (such as image-guided thermal ablation of tumors and tumor embolization), therapeutic innovations, and improved standards of care are developed for patients worldwide. In addition to housing the most advanced equipment, including high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), CIGI has been designed to incorporate future innovations, such as a new robot for MR interventions currently under development at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
[from top] David M. Panicek, Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs; Steven M. Larson, Vice Chair for Research; Vice Chair for Basic Research Jason S. Lewis
Our faculty, along with our residents and fellows, contribute on a daily basis to the clinical workflow. This includes interpretation of studies, providing consultations to clinicians, and participating in disease-specific interdepartmental conferences.
Testifying to the increasing importance of imaging in cancer care, Memorial Sloan Kettering's Department of Radiology has grown dramatically in recent years. The number of faculty members has tripled, from 32 in 1999 to 110 in 2013, while the total staff has grown to 750, a figure that includes the technicians and nurses who are an integral part of the department.
The education of our residents and fellows is a vital aspect of our mission. It is crucial for the survival of our specialty that we train the finest radiologists to further our field in the 21st century.
Our training programs follow detailed educational curricula that incorporate core lecture series as well as case-based conferences. Residents and fellows are encouraged to attend and present at multidisciplinary conferences throughout the hospital.
Residents from the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center rotate at Memorial Sloan Kettering on various services (including CT, MRI, ultrasound, breast imaging, thoracic radiology, and gastrointestinal radiology). They also take call, covering radiography, CT, and ultrasound.
Research is an integral part of radiology, a field that is one of the most rapidly advancing specialties in medicine. Our department is ranked number nine among all radiology departments in the United States for research funding awarded by the National Institutes of Health.
Leading researchers in our department have developed and pioneered many applications in CT, MRI, MR spectroscopy, interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine. The department also staffs an imaging laboratory that specializes in computational image analysis, including 3D imaging. As we move into a new era of medical science, we are also leading the way in molecular imaging research, including with PET, micro-PET, micro-CT, and optical imaging.
Residents and fellows are encouraged to participate in our research programs and have presented at national meetings and published in leading peer-reviewed journals.
Meet Our Faculty
Learn more about our faculty's clinical expertise and research
The Department of Radiology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center offers the following training programs. We welcome your interest in our department and encourage you to apply to become part of our team. Our faculty is dedicated to teaching and providing advanced subspecialty training. Our trainees are highly qualified candidates who come from across the United States and around the world for this unique learning experience.
See details of our clinical program fellowships, including how to apply and application deadlines.
Learn more about our research training programs.
International Training Program
The objective of this program is to bring the Breast Imaging Reporting and Data System (BI-RADS) lexicon of the American College of Radiology to South East Europe.