Memorial Sloan Kettering’s focus on advancing patient-centered cancer care has shaped every aspect of our Department of Radiology, including our staffing, imaging equipment, organizational structure, and beyond. Our faculty is comprised of experts in various subspecialties of oncologic imaging, including body imaging, breast imaging, neuroradiology, molecular imaging, and interventional radiology. Many of our members are nationally and internationally renowned experts in their fields who serve as leaders of professional organizations and as editors of top specialty journals. Our many strengths allow us to provide the highest-quality cancer imaging and to continually increase our expertise and capabilities.
Our investigators participate in an unparalleled volume of cancer imaging studies incorporating the full gamut of oncologic imaging tests and interventional procedures. Because they are involved in reviewing large numbers of imaging studies and performing numerous interventional and therapeutic techniques, they develop expertise in both common and uncommon manifestations of the most prevalent cancers as well as the rarer ones.
Our imaging equipment is state-of-the-art, as are our imaging protocols, which are constantly being refined with great attention to providing data for clinical decision-making while minimizing the dose of radiation to which patients are exposed. Today’s innovative research becomes tomorrow’s standard of care, and we are proud to be world leaders in many areas of oncologic imaging research. We currently are among the top ten radiology department recipients of National Institutes of Health grant funding.
Our radiologists produce structured clinical reports of their findings after reviewing all relevant clinical and prior radiologic data through the Memorial Hospital electronic medical record. An integrated summary is provided that reflects an overall assessment and highlights the most pertinent, clinically relevant imaging findings.
The Department of Radiology comprises six services:
The largest of the six services, with more than 40 members, the Body Imaging Service utilizes cross-sectional modalities (CT, MRI, and ultrasound, each with a senior director) and Disease Management Team–based subspecialty expertise to care for people with cancers of the chest, abdomen, pelvis, and extremities.
The faculty members of the Breast Imaging Service are pioneers in the implementation of new imaging technologies and procedures for people with suspected or diagnosed breast cancer. The tests and procedures they perform include breast MRI, tomosynthesis, percutaneous breast biopsy, and radioactive seed localization.
The Interventional Radiology (IR) Service provides comprehensive care for its patients, from clinical consultation to diagnostic and therapeutic procedures to post-procedure follow-up. The service has access to the most sophisticated imaging modalities, including MRI and PET, to perform complex procedures and pioneer new solutions, including tumor ablation and embolization. The IR Service offers the full range of standard and novel interventional techniques for people with cancer, minimizing their recovery time while maximizing their quality of life.
Molecular Imaging and Therapy
The Molecular Imaging and Therapy Service uses molecularly targeted probes and sophisticated imaging technology to detect and treat cancer. The service offers the full range of established nuclear medicine procedures and is leading the development of novel technologies for PET and optical imaging. Working closely with the Radiochemistry and Imaging Sciences Service, the Molecular Imaging and Therapy Service is advancing novel imaging and therapeutic agents from preclinical research to clinical practice.
This service includes subspecialists in head and neck, spine, and brain imaging. The service uses fMRI extensively in clinical care and research. Its research portfolio includes work in radiogenomics, among many other areas.
Radiochemistry and Imaging Sciences
The Radiochemistry and Imaging Sciences Service is dedicated to the development, design, translation, and application of new molecular imaging probes. The faculty within the service has broad representation from basic science disciplines and includes radiochemists, biologists, biochemists, medicinal chemists, and engineers. The structure of the service facilitates innovation, translation, and collaboration across imaging services as well as departments.