Message from the Chair

Revolutionary advances in technology have made imaging research and subsequent breakthroughs extremely exciting. In step with these advancements, the Mount Sinai Department of Radiology supports imaging research in multiple specialties, including cardiology, psychiatry, neurology, otolaryngology, hepatology, and oncology. In fact, our Clinical Translation Science Award core grant supports pilot projects for all specialties.

Our research programs specialize in cardiovascular disease, central nervous system disorders and advanced neuroanatomy, functional MRI, head and neck cancer characterization, cancer screening and early detection, liver disease imaging, PET imaging in oncology, interventional radiology, and information technology connectivity.

Our mission is to provide quality clinical care and service while fostering the same high standards of excellence in teaching and research. Our clinician radiologists use state-of-the-art equipment to provide first-rate patient care. Our technologists and nurses ensure the safety and comfort of patients using the utmost skill and compassion. Our radiologists accurately interpret and distribute results in a timely fashion.

The Department of Radiology is committed to training the radiologists of the future. Following an internship, radiologists-in-training complete four years of residency and usually a fifth year of fellowship in a specialized area of radiology. These specialty areas include neuroradiology, interventional radiology, body imaging, musculoskeletal radiology, or breast or pediatric imaging. We also teach medical students and physicians in practice through continuing medical education (CME) courses.

The innovative strides we have made to enhance the safety and efficacy of our diagnoses relate in part to the extraordinary advances taking place in radiology. Our radiologists conduct magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography scanning (CT), ultrasound, angiography, and single-photon (SPECT) and positron emission (PET) tomography. Mount Sinai physicians use the results of these tests to diagnose diseases of the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, bones, and joints.

The Department of Radiology's connection to advances in imaging, diagnosis, and high-resolution anatomic lesion detection continues to grow. Through the use of imaging, the department plays a pivotal role in the early detection of vascular disease and cancer and a leadership role in minimally invasive therapy.

Radiologists at Mount Sinai Health System provide advanced informatics to improve the experience of patients and referring physicians. This role as a primary integrator, storer, and distributor of medical information comes naturally to radiology because images will likely compose 30 to 40 percent of the electronic medical records of the future.

The Department of Radiology at The Mount Sinai Health System welcomes your interest and your inquiries.

Burton P. Drayer, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology