Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

Two one-year ACGME accredited fellowship positions are offered annually in abdominal imaging. The Fellowship is focused on diagnostic imaging of the abdominal and pelvic region in all modalities, including image-guided procedures. It is based at Parkland Memorial Hospital, with additional rotations scheduled at the Rogers Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center, and the Clements Imaging Building (PET Center).

Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Leadership

Jeffrey Pruitt, M.D.
Fellowship Director
Associate Professor

Fellowship Description

Applications for 2017–18 will be considered in July 2015, with interviews scheduled beginning in August 2015. The one-year fellowship consists of rotations on body CT, body MR, ultrasound, image-guided procedures, PET, and one elective.

Fellows rotate through Parkland Health & Hospital System's acute care hospital (862 beds, opened August 2015, the Dallas county public hospital and a Level 1 trauma center), William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (460 beds, opened November 2014), Rogers Magnetic Resonance Imaging Center, and the Clements Imaging Building (PET Center). A high-volume clinical workload offers immense learning opportunities, with >21,000 CT (including CT colonography, CT enterography, and CT angiography), >5000 MR (including newly developed 3T pulse sequence advanced MR imaging), >25,000 ultrasound (including advanced vascular ultrasound and elastography), and > 600 image-guided procedures (over the past year: liver biopsy/drainage 173, thyroid FNA 223, lymph node biopsy 159, renal biopsy 43, paracentesis 59, abdominal abscess drainage > 200) in our section per year.

The Abdominal Imaging section at UT Southwestern is comprised of 16 full-time faculty, with 5 MR and 4 Nuclear Medicine faculty who participate in fellowship training. A new Chief of Abdominal Imaging began in October 2015. A series of 24 lectures by faculty are provided for the fellows over the course of the year on a variety of advanced imaging topics. Additional learning occurs by participation in interdisciplinary conferences and regularly scheduled Radiology Grand Rounds presented by prestigious visiting and local professors.

Research interests of the faculty include hepatic, renal, pancreaticobiliary, and prostate imaging, CT colonography/enterography, MR defecography and pelvic floor imaging, spectral CT, US Elastography, US/MR Fusion and MR techniques, to name a few.

Imaging hardware across the campus includes: three 256-slice dual energy CT, including a prototype Philips IQon spectral CT (1 of 2 in the U.S.; being utilized now for research, with future plans for clinical use); one 320-slice CT; three 256-slice CT, and fourteen 64-slice CT. We have eleven 3T magnets, including 5 Siemens Skyra, eight 1.5T magnets, one wide-bore 1.5T magnet, and a 7T research magnet.  Ultrasound units include fifteen Philips iu22 (including elastography software), sixteen EPIQ7, and 2 EPIQ5. For PET, we have a Siemens Biograph64 PET/CT and a Siemens ECAT Exact HR+ PET.

Eligible fellowship candidates must:
  • Be diagnostic radiology residents in good standing with eventual or previous successful completion of a diagnostic radiology residency accredited by the ACGME, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, or the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
  • Provide verification at fellowship onset of ACGME or CanMEDS Milestones assessment competency.
Beginning in July, 2016 the fellowship may consider exceptionally qualified candidates who do not meet the above requirements. Necessary qualifications include:
  • Completion of a non-ACGME-accredited residency program in diagnostic radiology.
  • Demonstration of clinical excellence, in comparison to peers, throughout training.
  • Satisfactory completion of USMLE Steps 1, 2, and if eligible, Step 3.
  • ECFMG certification for international graduates.
Additional evidence of exceptional qualifications, including at least one of the following:
  • Participation in additional clinical or research training in the radiology field.
  • Demonstrated scholarship in the radiology field.
  • Demonstrated leadership during or after residency training.
  • Completion of an ACGME-International-accredited residency program.