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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC)

In 1896, Dartmouth was home to the first clinical X-ray ever performed in the U.S. Over 100 years later, radiology remains a core focus at DHMC, even as it has evolved into an array of new technologies and imaging modalities. Traditional X-rays have been supplemented with fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomograpy (CT), ultrasound, nuclear imaging (PET, PET-CT, and SPECT), interventional radiology treatments, as well as rapidly developing software technologies, such as 3D imaging.

In each of these areas, DHMC has maintained its place as one of America's premier radiological centers, providing direct patient care and diagnostic support to all clinical areas of the hospital, as well as providing teaching programs for new generations of radiologists and a range of research activities designed to improve the power and usefulness of modern medical imaging.

All forms of ionizing radiation, whether naturally-occurring or as part of an X-ray or CT exam, carry some degree of potential health risk. While these risks must never be ignored, they must also be seen in perspective—and in general, and when performed appropriately, the medical value of X-ray and CT exams far outweighs the known risk. Protecting patient safety by careful assessment and minimization of radiation risks is an essential part of our practice. You may laearn more about issues and controversies in medical imaging, as well as what we do to protect patient safety, at our radiation safety page.

The department is organized into various divisions on the basis of either treatment or clinical function, and these divisions are listed below. Browse to any of them for guidance on what you can expect as a patient, as well as detailed information on the technologies and procedures involved, introductions to our clinical and teaching staff, highlights of ongoing research, and links to further resources. Additional general information about the Department can be found in the menu to the left. To learn more about the various aspects of modern radiology, we also recommend the wealth of clear and helpful information available at the RSNA/ACR website, RadiologyInfo.

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