The mission of the Department of Radiology at Duke is to deliver high-quality medical care to our patients, educate health-care professionals, and increase our understanding of health and disease.

We hold these goals in concert with all other clinical departments in the Medical Center. In addition, our mission is distinctive in that we are responsible for the introduction of new technology related to imaging. This requires innovative development, honest evaluation, and ongoing teaching of the medical applications of these technological developments.

Patient care is our primary responsibility. We are first and foremost responsible to our patients and consulting physicians. Our paramount mission is to provide competent, courteous, and compassionate clinical services which are uniformly of the highest quality. We do and will continue to respond to requests for services from patients and referring physicians promptly and intelligently.

As part of a university medical school, we must educate a diverse group of health-care workers including, but not limited to, medical students, residents, practicing physicians, physician assistants, technologists, and related scientists. In medicine, education involves teaching by example, didactic instruction, supervised practical experience, and self-teaching activities. Our mission is to provide educational opportunities that are comprehensive, challenging, and that reflect the current state of knowledge.

Research is essential to improve and strengthen both our educational efforts and clinical activities. The search for new information about health, disease, diagnosis and treatment is a major priority. Accordingly, the department assigns a substantial portion of its resources to support research. Our mission is to nurture scientifically sound investigation of basic mechanisms, clinical issues, and the societal impact of radiology.

In all facets of our departmental mission we have a responsibility to all members of the department to behave in a responsible, honest and fair manner, and to facilitate our colleagues’ work and career development.

Our work must always be shaped by the highest ethical principles. In clinical work, we must be guided by what is best for the patient; in education, by what is best for the student; and in research, by what best serves truth and objectivity.