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Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Fellowship
This one-year, non-ACGME-accredited Body Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Fellowship focuses on abdominal and pelvic MRI and with up to two months’ electives in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology or cardiovascular radiology. This fellowship is approved by the IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education and designed for fellows who are familiar with the technical and clinical aspects of body MRI and who intend to practice advanced Body MRI in their career.
Fellows choose a faculty mentor for one mandatory research project. This project is presented at the annual IU School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences Campbell-Klatte conference in the spring and submitted for presentation or publication in a national meeting or journal.
Facilities and Equipment
Body MRI fellows train predominantly at IU Health University Hospital and IU Health Methodist Hospital. Both sites are equipped with 1.5 T and 3.0 T magnets. Cases performed at other sites are read at the University Hospital reading rooms. Advanced procedures that are performed routinely include Secretin-enhanced MRCP, endorectal prostate MRI, MR elastography, Intravoxel Incoherent Motion MRI, and quantitative MR perfusion.
Fellows in this program are responsible for rendering interpretations of Body MRI studies under the direct supervision of a faculty radiologist. The fellow previews the case, formulates a differential diagnosis (if appropriate), formulates any follow-up recommendations (if any), and then presents the case to the faculty radiologist. The fellow then alters their dictated report, if necessary, to reflect the interpretation of the radiology staff prior to final approval by the faculty. The fellow’s patient care responsibility is to report all body MRI scans and communicate findings (especially critical or unexpected ones) with the referring physicians in person, by phone and through dictated report. The fellow also participates in supervising the service by writing protocols, obtaining consent, checking images on patients prior to completion of the study when necessary, and teaching residents and medical students.
The fellow takes part in, and is encouraged to moderate, Multidisciplinary Case Conferences with gastroenterologists, surgeons and oncologists. In this role, the fellow prepares, under the general supervision of faculty, and presents the imaging findings of patients being discussed at these case conferences.
The call responsibilities for Body MRI fellows include 160 hours of general call coverage, comprised of 9-10-hour daytime shifts during weekends. The expectations are to read x-ray examinations (whole body), ultrasounds (all exams), and CT examinations (chest/abdomen/pelvis) for primarily inpatients and ER patients. Call responsibilities may also include fluoroscopic gastrointestinal/genitourinary studies as well as procedures including paracentesis, thoracentesis or fluid collection aspiration/drainage.