Department of Radiology @ Policlinico San Donato

The Department of Radiology of the Policlinico San Donato is a  unit including  12 radiologists, 26 technicians/radiographers, and 10 nurses.
The department is equipped with cutting edge technology, including 3 radiology rooms, 3 multislice computed tomography (CT), 2 magnetic resonance (MRI), 4 ultrasound , and 2 mammography units.

The diagnostic workflow is organized according to well differentiated  subspecialty areas, each of them under the responsibility of a certified radiologist.
The  clinical activity  benefis from a relevant work of advanced research in several fields of radiology, as testified by the high number of scientific publications every year: over 270 papers available on the PubMed in the last ten years for a total impact factor of 885, with 55 articles in 2020 and 43 articles in 2021 up to October 14, 2021.
Reserach areas of major interest: Breast; Cardiovascular, Body, Musculoskeletal.

Our excellence in numbers


procedures performed per year


Computed Bone Mineralometry


Computed Tomography


Digital X-ray




Magnetic Resonance Imaging



Notable advanced technological equipment

  • One 256-slice dual-source CT scanner
  • One 128-slice CT scanner 
  • Two 1.5-T MRI scanners 
  • One advanced dual-energy x-ray densitometer 
  • One advanced ultrasound system equipped with shear wave elastography

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Head physician

Francesco Sardanelli

Francesco Sardanelli

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Policlinico San Donato

The Policlinico San Donato Research Hospital is the largest and most renowned Italian center specialized in the field of cardiovascular treatments. The hospital is accredited by the Italian National Health Service (SSN) and is home to the Degree Course in Medicine and Surgery, in collaboration with the Università degli Studi di Milano.

Founded in 1969 and extending over 50,000 square meters in the south-eastern part of Milan, the multi-specialty healthcare institution is a leader in Italy and among best centers in Europe as for the amount as well as for the complexity of performed cardiac surgery and interventional cardiology procedures in children (>1,000 procedures per year) and adult patients (>1,000 surgical interventions and 6,000 interventional cardiology procedures). The San Donato’s Arrhythmology and Electrophysiology Unit delivers one of the highest numbers of cardiac ablations in the world (>1,400 per year). San Donato has a research center aimed at studying of the heart and blood vessels in adults and children and searching of new prevention and treatment methods that has been recognized by the Italian Ministry of Health as a Scientific Institute for Research, Hospitalization and Health Care (IRCCS).

San Donato is a pioneer of international cooperation and a founder of charity missions for the treatment of children with congenital heart diseases that are run in collaboration with the association “Bambini Cardiopatici nel Mondo”. Thanks to this project more than 3,000 children all over the world have received their treatment.

Since 2019, Policlinico San Donato has become home to the National Institute for Obesity Cure (INCO), a national reference center with a multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of obesity. Thanks to the INCO, dietary, psycho-behavioral and surgical treatments are carried out together with the most innovative video-assisted laparoscopic and mini-invasive techniques.