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The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center consists of a 4-year medical school and an 850-bed teaching hospital. Serving a population of over 2,000,000 people, it represents the closest academic medical center to patients in western North Carolina, southern Virginia, and western South Carolina. The neuroradiology case load comprises a well-balanced mixture of congenital, traumatic, degenerative, infectious, and neoplastic diseases. The Medical Center houses a 150 bed children's’ hospital, a rehabilitation facility, and a comprehensive cancer center. The institution’s faculty includes internationally recognized authorities in neurology, neurosurgery, and ENT.

Clinical equipment for neuroradiology is "state of the art". Such equipment includes 11 helical CT scanners, 8 of which are GE LightSpeed with 3-D rendering and CT angiographic capabilities as well as GE's newest Discovery CT750 HD. The medical center houses 6 on-site diagnostic MRI scanners including 2 Siemens 3.0 T units (1 in main MRI facility and other at the Comprehensive Cancer Center) in addition to 4 1.5 T units (2 GE and 2 Siemens). Advanced techniques are available such as MRA, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI), arterial spin labeled (ASL) perfusion, fMRI (BOLD activations studies), and multivoxel spectroscopy. A Siemens biplane flat panel interventional angiography suite is dedicated for neurointerventioanl procedures. The PET facility has a Siemens cyclotron and a GE Advance scanner that are fully under control of the Department of Radiology

Research for Neuroradiology imaging is performed in fully outfitted suites and employ imaging instruments not listed in the clinical section (see above).  A Siemens Skyra 3.0 T MRI unit and 64-slice GE CT scanner are situated in the research suites. These imaging insturments are used solely for research allowing ample time for investigators to perform their studies.

The PET Facility also supports many neuro functional projects.  This Core Facility, located one floor below the MRI facility, includes use of the Siemens cyclotron, large chemical synthesis labs, and molecular and cellular biology lab, a Concorde MicroPet P-4 scanner (large enough to accommodate a primate head) and a full sized GE Advance PET scanner. The PET Core offers "full service" to investigators including radiochemistry, veterinary support/anesthesia, scanner operation and data management/analysis.

Approximate yearly workloads in each area are:

Neuro CT: 33,000 cases
Neuro MR: 16,000 cases
Cerebral angiography/Neurointerventional: 550 cases
Myelography/Discography: 100 cases
Kyphoplasty, Vertebroplasty:  70 cases
Neuro PET: 50 cases


Michael D. Baker, MD
Jonathan H. Burdette, MD
Allen D. Elster, MD
Carol P. Geer, MD
Annette J. Johnson, MD
Christopher Lack, MD
Thomas West, MD
Christopher T.Whitlow, MD, PhD - Section Head
Daniel W. Williams III, MD
Michael Zapadka, DO Fellowship Director

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Jeffrey Sachs, MD, 2nd Year
Matthew Dickson, MD
Colin Segovis, MD
Adam Sweeney, MD
Paula Vergara-Wentland, MD

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Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1088
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Last Updated: 09-06-2016
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