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Health System and Department

All of the residency and fellowship programs, including the Imaging Physics Residency, are supported by Duke University Medical Center, one of the premier integrated health care delivery systems in the country. With over 13,600 full-time employees, a 967 member house staff (interns, residents and fellows) of physicians, three hospitals, multiple ambulatory centers, home health care, and other health-related entities located throughout the North Carolina Triangle area, Duke University Health System is one of the largest and most respected health systems in the nation. It attracts more than 61,000 inpatient stays and 1.8 million outpatient visits annually. For the 24th year in a row, Duke University Medical Center has been named one of the top U.S. hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, including being #1 in North Carolina.

The Duke Radiology Department performs over 800,000 examinations each year, including over:

  • 430,000 Projection radiography exams
  • 155,000 Computed tomography exams
  • 70,000 MRI exams
  • 65,000 Mammography exams
  • 50,000 Ultrasound exams
  • 10,000 Interventional procedures
  • 10,000 PET exams
  • 10,000 Nuclear medicine procedures

Imaging Equipment

Residents have access to clinical imaging equipment maintained by the Duke Department of Radiology at the Duke University Medical Center, as well as neighboring Duke Clinics and Duke Children’s Hospital. Duke Radiology uses state-of-the-art digital radiological equipment including computed radiography and direct digital radiography systems, digital fluoroscopy, and flat panel interventional systems. The clinical imaging equipment at the facility includes 49 general radiography rooms, 47 C-arm systems, 21 general R/F rooms, 35 portable systems, 9 vascular radiology rooms, 24 mammography systems, 15 computed tomography systems; 136 ultrasound systems; 16 nuclear medicine systems including SPECT and PET, 17 MRI systems, and 20 cardiac catheterization labs. As developing technology and procedures become routine in clinical practice, they are added to the resident’s training.

Information Technologies

Duke University Medical Center also has a comprehensive electronic medical record system into which the Department of Radiology’s Visage PACS has been integrated. Since 2013, Duke University Health System (DUHS) has used the country's leading electronic health record (EHR) system, Epic (Duke MyChart). This comprehensive EHR has effectively created a "one-record, one-patient" system that consolidated and eliminated a total of 130 separate clinical IT systems.


State-of-the-art research laboratory space on the Duke Campus includes 15,000 square feet in the Bryan Research Building, 7,000 square feet in the Carl E. Ravin Advanced Imaging (RAI) Labs, and 5,000 square feet for the Medical Physics Graduate Program in Hock Plaza.


Residents have access to clinical equipment, both independently and through the CIPG physicists, who aid in scheduling testing with the clinical staff. Equipment is typically accessible for testing and quality control during clinical hours, but acceptance testing, testing following repairs, and high-utilization clinics may need to occur outside of typical clinical hours. The CIPG staff train residents on the safe and proper use of equipment, provide oversight during equipment use by residents, and ensure equipment is left in the proper state for clinical use.