Magnetic Resonance Imaging Fellowship

Two one-year Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) fellowship positions are offered each year (download brochure). The MRI Fellowship features intensive involvement in clinical and research MRI with emphasis on chest, abdomen, pelvis, and vascular MRI. The Program is intended to prepare the fellows for a successful career in either academic or private practice and to become a driving force to promote advanced MRI in their practice.

MRI Fellowship Leadership

Ivan Pedrosa, M.D.
Fellowship Director
Chief of MRI
Associate Professor
Jack Reynolds, M.D., Chair in Radiology

Gaurav Khatri, M.D.
Fellowship Co-Director
Assistant Professor

Body MRI Faculty & Researchers

MRI Fellowship Curriculum

A strong academic component represents a key feature of this fellowship. The fellows will be involved in all aspects of this comprehensive clinical body MRI service under the supervision of the five MRI fellowship-trained attendings, including the program director and the Body MRI faculty, who contribute to enhance the learning experience with a broad range of clinical interests and expertise.

Specific strengths of the body MRI section include hepatobiliary and pancreatic imaging, colorectal cancer staging, renal cancer imaging, prostate imaging, staging of gynecologic malignancies, and female pelvis/dynamic pelvic floor imaging including MR defecography, MR enterography, and MR angiography/venography.

The fellowship focuses on achieving a deep understanding of the basic principles of MRI and protocol development with a "hands-on" approach. Close working relationship with the dedicated MR scientists in the Department of Radiology and Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) enhances the experience.

In addition to clinical activities, the fellows will be trained in basic MR principles, research methodology, manuscript preparation, and other activities essential both to an academic career and to objective interpretation of current literature and clinical guidelines.

These efforts are supplemented by weekly body MRI case conferences, a regularly scheduled journal club, MRI protocol development meetings, and multiple interdisciplinary conferences such as those dedicated to hepatocellular carcinoma, gastrointestinal malignancies, colorectal cancer, renal cancer, prostate cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and pelvic floor imaging.

In addition, fellows attend a dedicated six-month-long MRI physics course taught by MR scientists and clinical attendings in a format that stimulates intimate discussion of the various topics allowing the fellows to ask questions directly to experts in basic MRI principles.

Radiology Grand Rounds are held monthly with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a wide variety of topics. Schedule permitting, fellows may also take advantage of the two daily didactic and case-based resident teaching conferences. 

Fellows are provided with dedicated academic time to pursue their academic interest under direct supervision of the Body MRI faculty. Added allotted time for monitoring cases at the scanner further enhances the understanding of image acquisition techniques and protocol optimization. Elective time is provided up to two months a year and as allowable by the receiving service(s). Pager call is taken by the fellows one week a month. Fellows are entitled to an academic enrichment fund to support educational materials, attendance to scientific meetings and/or trainings.

Facilities

Clinical facilities consist of multiple whole-body clinical MRI systems (Philips, GE, and Siemens) within Parkland Memorial Hospital (three 1.5T and one 3T magnets) and University Hospital Imaging Services (four 1.5T and four 3T magnets). In addition, the AIRC is equipped with two 3T and one 7T whole-body magnets dedicated entirely to research.

Other facilities within the institution include several animal MRI scanners and three hyperpolarizers. MR reading room is strategically situated within Rogers MRI Center, adjacent to AIRC. Fellows have easy access to state-of-the-art MR scanners to directly supervise examinations and tailor pulse sequences at the scanner console.

Conferences

Radiology resident teaching conferences are held twice daily throughout the year and include both didactic lectures and case-based presentations. Fellows are welcome to attend these conferences, as service duties allow. Fellows are also welcome to present conferences in this forum.

Radiology Grand Rounds are held monthly with prestigious visiting and local professors, offering the opportunity to meet and learn from leading national authorities on a wide variety of topics.

Informative multidisciplinary clinical conferences in combination with medicine, surgery, pathology, and the various clinical subspecialties are available.

Research Opportunities for MRI Fellows

Intellectual vibrancy and technological innovation are core values of the Department. Fellows are encouraged to participate in ongoing research projects or initiate new projects on thoracic, abdominal, pelvic, or vascular imaging under the supervision of the body MRI faculty.

Possible topics may include, but not limited to: (A) technological innovations in perfusion, diffusion, spectroscopy, pulmonary perfusion, angiography, fast cardiovascular imaging, and image registration/segmentation, (B) quantitative imaging of liver fat and iron, diffusion, blood flow (arterial spin labeling and phase contrast imaging), (C) prostate cancer (risk stratification, active surveillance, MRI-US image fusion, MR-guided HIFU ablation), (D) clinical protocol optimization including exam speed and efficiency, artifact reduction/management, and evaluation of existing or emerging pulse sequences, (E) clinical research including case reports, educational exhibits, radiologic-pathologic, or radiologic-clinical correlations.

Ancillary services, such as research MRI technologists, research physician assistants, and nurses, as well as support for IRB submissions, illustrations, and biostatistics are available within the Department. Fellows are expected to have completed manuscript(s) for publication by the end of the year, either in the form of a conference abstract or a peer-reviewed journal article.