Fellows in abdominal imaging at the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) will divide their time between body CT, ultrasound, and MR imaging in a patient population that is challenging and diverse. The medical center maintains advanced transplantation, surgical, and cancer programs, and the Abdominal Imaging section sees a wide variety of routine and esoteric diseases, injuries, and health-related problems.
The Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine has state-of-the-art equipment, including: 3T and 1.5T MR conventional and short-bore systems; 40-, 64- and 256-slice CT scanners; multislice, real-time CT fluoroscopy systems for interventional procedures; and latest-generation Siemens and Philips ultrasound equipment. Body MR imaging services are provided for 7 MR scanners located on and off-site via networked PACS. All studies are interpreted using voice recognition on a hospital-wide PACS system, with multiple 3D postprocessing workstation systems available. The Abdominal Imaging section, with 8 faculty members, has recently moved to a dedicated imaging suite in the new Weinberg building.
Approximately 20,000 body CT scans are performed each year. Interpretation of the studies is directed by faculty radiologists. Fellows also participate in the review and reporting of PET/CT studies. A hybrid PET/CT scanner is located in the department's Nuclear Medicine division.
The Abdominal Imaging section performs approximately 10,000 ultrasound examinations each year, including abdominal, transplant, obstetrical, pediatric, head, and vascular studies, as well as ultrasound-guided biopsies and aspiration procedures. Eight ultrasound scanners are currently in use with state-of-the-art capabilities, including transabdominal and transvaginal 3D probes.
In addition to imaging studies, many percutaneous procedures/biopsies are performed under faculty supervision by fellows and residents in the Abdominal Imaging section.
Research is encouraged during the fellowship period, and elective time is provided for research or other educational experience that may be tailored to the individual applicant. Hybrid fellowships including abdominal imaging and another subspecialty may be considered for suitable candidates. Time is also made available for preparation of research papers and presentations. Fellows may attend and participate in the 6 clinico-radiological conferences held each week. Educational activities include 2 dedicated fellowship review conferences held each week in addition to the 2 hours of dedicated teaching provided for residents and fellows daily.
Two fellowship openings are available in Abdominal Imaging at UMMC beginning in July 2011 and 3 in July 2012.