Imaging Fellowship Program

Clinical Components

We have a large patient population and fellows will gain experience in the full continuum of neuroradiologic examinations, procedures, and interpretations. Fellows participate in a large number of diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures and perform and interpret non-invasive and invasive diagnostic catheter-based cerebral angiography, as well as minimally invasive procedures.

Facility

The Medical Center has a remarkable imaging facility that houses all imaging services for inpatients and outpatients. Each imaging area has its own core, consisting of separate waiting areas, reading rooms, and technical and administrative support.  There are PACS stations throughout the department, and an additional reading room for use by the fellows.  The fellow has a private office equipped with a reading station, phones and computer access. 

The S. Mark Taper Foundation imaging Center has the latest CT scanners, including 64-slice machines, and the latest MR scanners, including 3 Tesla magnet models in our PACS-based, filmless center. Each of our imaging areas has its own "core," consisting of a separate waiting area, test reading areas, and trained technical and administrative support. 

Computers are available throughout the department:

  • PACS - The department is completely filmless and uses the Picture Archive Communication System for reviewing studies and clinical material.
  • QuadRis - A tracking system used to view scheduled procedures and track patients.
  • New Innovations - A software program subscribed to by residency programs that consolidates event information, event broadcasting (i.e., conferences, grand rounds, journal club, case/procedure log), to assist in the management of and documentation of the fellows training.
  • Teaching file - Electronic teaching files and CDs are available for your use. The preparation of clinically or pathologically proved cases for inclusion in the teaching file is required. Teaching files are also located in the Neuroradiology reading room.
  • Library - There is a full on-site medical library with a separate teaching section. The attending faculty has their own reference books and teaching files supplemented with new cases on a regular basis. The department library contains neuroradiology CDs, journals and books specific to neuroradiology and provides ready access to general medical texts and periodicals in the fields of neuroradiology, diagnostic radiology, head and neck radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, neuroanatomy, physics, neuropathology, otolaryngology, neurophysiology, and orthopedic surgery.
  • Medline-Database of medical publications is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
  • WEB/VS - is a patient clinical history system that contains patient clinical test histories, results, and diagnostic reports.
  • StatDx - Provides current, expert-created clinical imaging content to improve the accuracy, quality and workflow of patient care.
  • Veriphy - A critical test result management system designed to automate, expedite and manage the communication of critical, urgent, and significant patient findings. The system facilitates the communication of imaging interpretations to clinicians.

Research

Research is an important part of medicine and the program offers an abundance of research opportunities for fellows to participate in original or on-going research activities.  Faculty members welcome and support fellows’ participation in all aspects of research from the generation of ideas, development of appropriate protocols, analyzing data, writing and presenting abstracts, and writing manuscripts.  Fellows are encouraged to undertake at least one project while in training.

Duty Hours

Duty hours vary, but are generally Monday through Friday 8 am to 6 pm. There is a 10-hour rest period between all daily duty hour periods. The responsibilities for continuing patient care, however, are not automatically discharged at a specific time.

Vacation/Leave of Absence

Fellows receive 20 days of paid time off to be used in whatever increments they choose within the period of the training program. Any time away from the program must be approved in advance by the program director. Leaves of absence are granted at the discretion of the program director. However, the American Board of Radiology requires that the total of such leave and vacation time may not exceed six calendar weeks (30 working days) for fellows in a program for one year.