Abdominal Imaging Fellowship

Abraham Dachman, MD
Fellowship Program Director

Fellowship Description:

The Abdominal Imaging Fellowship is a one-year comprehensive, structured, ACGME approved fellowship comprising clinical, teaching, and research activity in all aspects of abdominal imaging using all available modalities. There is extensive participation in abdominal MRI and flexibility of elective time to meet the fellow's individual needs. The patient population and clinical experience represents both a comprehensive outpatient setting and inpatient tertiary referral center with a high volume of oncology, surgery, gastroenterology, transplantation and emergency referrals. Fellows will learn to perform and interpret 3D CT angiography, virtual colonoscopy, MRI of the prostate and other cutting-edge diagnostic studies. In May 2018 we will open a Level One adult trauma center which will increase the fellow’s experience in trauma imaging. Fellows participate in gastrointestinal and genitourinary examinations including video fluoroscopy, dynamic proctography, oropharyngeal motility studies, etc.

The Abdominal Imaging fellowship program is ACGME approved.

Resources:

The MRI experience includes cutting edge, dedicated liver, pancreas, prostate, adrenal, renal and pelvic imaging plus MR angiography, enterography, cholangiography and MRI guided interventions such as focal laser ablation of prostate cancer and MR guided in bore and MR-ultrasound fusion prostate biopsies, and offers the opportunity to participate in non-abdominal application. The section conducts approximately 325 MRI of the prostate procedures a year.


There are 9 MRI scanners for clinical procedures, including five 1.5T and four 3T magnets with software and hardware for fast imaging sequences, endoluminal imaging, MRA and MRCP. In addition, there are two (1.5 and 3 Tesla) dedicated research MR scanners and a small bore high field strength MR (9.4 Tesla) for specimen and small animal imaging.

State of the art CT, ultrasound, and fluoroscopic equipment is also utilized. CT equipment includes seven scanners, including three 256 scanners, three 64 slice scanners, and one 128 slice scanner, all with iterative does reduction software. A GE dual energy CT scanner was recently installed. The section conducts 75 CT virtual colonoscopy procedures a year.

Ultrasound equipment includes eight high end units including procedural guidance, 3-D, elastography and image fusion software. In addition, ultrasound offers all routine abdominal studies, plus small parts ultrasound, gynecologic ultrasound including endovaginal ultrasound, percutaneous biopsies, prostate biopsies, color and spectral Doppler vascular and transplant studies.

Research:

Fellows participate in resident teaching and are encouraged to participate in research. Recent research topics include prostate MR with whole-mount correlation, MR guided HIFU of prostate cancer, MR lymphography and CT colonography.  Initiatives in continuous quality improvement including design review and evaluation of integrated PACS tools for accurate and efficient cancer patient lesion tracking and reporting.

 Application Process:

The Department recruits for our fellowship positions at least a year and a half in advance. The 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Abdominal Imaging fellowship positions have been filled. We are currently accepting applications and interviewing for the 2018-2019 Abdominal Imaging Fellowship. All applications must be complete (including all letters of recommendation, addressed to Dr. Abraham Dachman) to be considered.

Click here for the Abdominal Imaging application.

Links to Faculty Profiles:

David Paushter, MD
Chairman, Professor of Radiology

Paul Chang, MD
Professor of Radiology, Vice Chair Informatics

Abraham Dachman, MD
Professor of Radiology, Director of Fellowship Program

Brian Funaki, MD
Professor of Radiology, Section Chief, Interventional Radiology

Carla B. Harmath, MD (Aug. 2017)
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Kirti Kulkarni, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Melvy Mathew, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Aytekin Oto, MD, MBA
Professor of Radiology, Section Chief, Abdominal Imaging, Director Body MR

Pritesh Patel, MD
Assistant Professor of Radiology

Stephen Thomas, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology