Our Department prides itself on being supportive of its residents and places strong emphasis on the quality of individualized teaching in procedural techniques. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) is a Harvard Medical School-affiliated academic medical center that provides tertiary clinical care, including Level 1 trauma care, advanced oncologic care, multi-organ transplantation, and robotic surgery. Among independent teaching hospitals, BIDMC is a leader in biomedical research with a large amount of funding from the National Institutes of Health. BIDMC has 672 beds, including 463 medical/surgical beds, and 69 critical care beds (including 6 ICUs) – staffed by over 1,200 physicians. The main hospital is divided into two adjacent campuses. The West campus houses many of the center’s
ICUs, including its Trauma ICU, the emergency room, and the majority of its operating rooms. The East campus has inpatient services for Oncology and OB/GYN, and has facilities for advanced GI endoscopy (ERCP/EUS), urology, and same-day surgery. BIDMC has a growing number of affiliations with community hospitals and practices, including affiliations with BID-Needham, Milton, and Harrington Hospitals – all of which form the basis for an active, expanding referral base at the medical center. Overall, the radiology department performs 320,000 exams annually.
The Interventional Radiology practice:
The Interventional Radiology section comprises a busy practice (approximately 4,700 diagnostic and interventional procedures performed annually) supported by 10 full-time fellowship-trained IR attending physicians. The IR section prides itself on building strong collaborative relationships with other specialties within BIDMC and its affiliates, and strives to provide the best patient care and clinical service possible.
Our IR physicians perform a wide range of IR procedures, across all imaging modalities (both vascular and non-vascular interventions using both fluoroscopy and cross-sectional imaging). Examples of this include (but are not limited to) the following:
In addition to IR physicians, there are 3 advanced practice PA/NPs who manage the outpatient care of our IR patients. The IR practice is also supported by a large group of IR nurses and technologists.
Interventional Radiology facilities: The main hospital-based facility maintains 5 available procedural suites: 3 state-of-the-art angiography suites on the West Campus all of which include high-resolution digital subtraction angiography, rotational angiography, cone-beam CT, and workstation-based volume-rendered imaging with reconstructions. In addition, an adjacent Fluoroscopy room is used for minor procedures such as central venous access or drain exchanges. On the East Campus, an advanced angiographic suite, with a new holding area, break room and reading room opened in 2016.
Additionally, CT-guided procedures are performed in state-of-the-art procedural CT scanners on both the East and West Campuses. Dedicated ultrasound machines with needle guidance software and ultrasound procedural suites for biopsy/drainage procedures are also present on each campus. Two additional portable ultrasound units are available for vascular access procedures.
Interventional Radiology has two dedicated clinic rooms on the West Campus close to the IR procedural area. These are complete outpatient clinic rooms with examination tables, including teaching aids, instrumentation for vitals assessment.