The University of Michigan created its first image in 1896, and since then, our Radiology Department has had a leading role in radiology and nuclear medicine through clinical innovation, research and education. Today, more than 500,000 imaging and interventional procedures are carried out at our hospitals and outpatient facilities every year, using some of the most advanced equipment in the country.
We practice focused radiology, which means you are getting a board-certified, fellowship-trained expert, who specializes in specific types of radiology and imaging, as opposed to a general radiologist often found at standalone imaging centers.
Our Commitment to Safety, Quality and Limiting Radiation Exposure
U-M Radiology is committed to performing patient examinations at the lowest radiation exposure necessary to create images that answer the questions your health care provider is asking. For example, we have invested in CT scanners with state-of-the-art hardware and software tools that minimize radiation exposure, and are doing ongoing research with the U-M Engineering Department on ways to further reduce radiation exposure. In Pediatric Radiology, our examinations are tailored to the size of the patient, from the smallest newborn to the largest teenager.
We recommend visiting radiologyinfo.org for general information about radiation exposure and radiology examinations. Our protocols are generally lower in radiation exposure than the figures cited there, and are tailored to the specific question being asked by your provider to further minimize the dose.
U-M Radiology services include:
- Breast Imaging (Mammography)
- Computed Tomography (CT/CAT scan)
- Cross-sectional Interventional
- General Imaging (X-Ray)
- Gastrointestinal Radiology (stomach and intestines)
- Genitourinary Radiology (urinary and genital organs)
- Interventional Radiology – Cardiac
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Neurointerventional (procedures using imaging to treat vascular disorders of the spine and brain)
- Nuclear Medicine (used to diagnose and treat cancers, heart disease and other diseases)
- Pulmonary Radiology
- University Health Services
- Vascular and Interventional Radiology
Our Radiology Department is 100% digital, which means we are more efficient and can provide faster turnaround in getting reports back to your physician.
Emergency radiology services are available 24 hours a day in the University Hospital. Plain film radiographic examinations are offered on a walk-in basis, Monday through Friday at the A. Alfred Taubman Health Care Center and our four off-site imaging centers in Brighton, Canton, East Ann Arbor and Briarwood. CT, MR, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and mammographic examinations are scheduled by appointment.
Our radiology and nuclear medicine expertise is counted on by specialists in other disciplines, from our Comprehensive Cancer Center and Cardiovascular Center, to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. In fact, the University of Michigan’s excellence as a nationally ranked medical center is based in part on its use of advanced imaging for diagnosis and treatment.
The University of Michigan’s new neurointerventional suite — the first of its kind in the nation — makes it possible to detect and repair strokes, cerebral aneurysms and rare conditions all in the same room. A patient goes from diagnosis to surgery in the same room, with a team of radiologists and neurosurgeons working closely together. The suite is a major advance for treating neurovascular conditions that often require emergency care, giving patients quicker access to neurointerventional services.