The Radiology Service at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System provides full imaging support for the primary and tertiary care provided at this institution. As a member of Veterans Integrated Service Network Eleven, the Ann Arbor VA Hospital provides care for patients in lower Michigan and northern Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
As part of a $100 million clinical addition to the VA, Radiology moved into a new, 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art imaging facility in October 1998. This space features:
- one 1.5T MR scanner
- two spiral CT scanners
- two angiography suites
- two ultrasound rooms and
- five other general imaging suites.
Radiology also supports a fully configured angio/OR within the Surgery service for the performance of aortic endograft cases. Radiology has gained national attention as an early successful adopter of PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) technology. Radiology has been fully filmless since October 1998, utilizing high-speed SAN (Storage Area Network) technology coupled to a 6-month RAID database of active cases supported by a 17-terabyte long-term archive. Radiology has successfully deployed Web-based image distribution using data streaming technology since June 2000. Radiology also deploys sophisticated workflow management tools, which integrate exam ordering and reporting with PACS and the Electronic Medical Record.
Radiology performs 35,000 exams a year, supporting activities within the Ann Arbor facility, along with studies from two outpatient facilities. All faculty members have joint appointments at the University of Michigan. Three radiology residents are assigned to the VA every week. These residents are exposed to the unique medical problems of veteran patients, and have the opportunity to provide direct patient care with all exams monitored and reviewed by attending staff. Radiology performs or supports research in musculoskeletal imaging, lung cancer and PET scanning, head and neck tumor imaging, and neurology. Radiology supports medical student education both within a Radiology rotation and for students assigned to other medical disciplines.
For more information, please contact Division Director, Venkataramu Krishnamurthy , MBBS