Body Imaging Fellowship

Program Director: Shahid Hussain, MD, PhD

The Fellowship in cross sectional imaging at UNMC is designed to provide the graduate of a diagnostic radiology residency with additional training and experience in body imaging using MRI, CT and diagnostic ultrasound. The Cross Sectional Imaging section consists of two full-time faculty and five faculty with part time responsibility for the performance and interpretation of cross sectional imaging examinations of the abdomen, pelvis, chest, and soft tissue neck. The fellowship includes ample experience in all facets of body cross sectional imaging including CT, ultrasound and MRI, and fellows in cross sectional imaging will spend time divided between these imaging modalities.

The patient population is challenging and diversified with cases of transplantation, cancer, lymphoma, trauma and a wide variety of general medical and surgical problems. Fellows will also rotate to the Omaha VA Medical Center, a few blocks from Nebraska Health System Hospital (NHS), the main clinical teaching hospital of UNMC.

The Nebraska Medical Center has a mini PACS in use for US, MRI and CT, and is beginning the process of conversion to a total PACS environment. The section of body CT/MRI performs 14,000 body CT and MRI scans a year. Interpretation of the studies is directed by staff radiologists. Currently there are five GE CT scanners in use at the NHS and one Marconi (Philips) CT scanner at the VA hospital. NHS currently has two 1.5T GE MR scanners and one Philips 1.5T MR unit.

The fellow rotating through body MRI participates in the reviewing and reporting trauma, abdomen, chest, and soft tissue neck MRI and CT studies. The Ultrasound Section performs approximately 15,000 cases a year, including abdominal, obstetrical, transplant, pediatric, head and vascular studies. Eight ultrasound scanners include Acuson (Siemans), ATL (Philips), Hitachi, and Aloka units having harmonic imaging, color flow and power Doppler capability, 3D and extended field of view. Intraoperative ultrasound service and trauma ultrasound imaging for the NHS Emergency Department is provided by the Ultrasound Section. Seven clinical-radiological conferences are held each week with fellows expected to attend and present cases. The cross sectional imaging service provides conference coverage for several multispecialty clinical conferences each week, including perinatal obstetrics, gynecology, oncology, and head and neck tumor board. There are opportunities for research, which is encouraged. Time, as needed, is made available for preparation of research papers and presentations.

There is a daily departmental conference at noon. The Body Imaging Fellow will present three conferences during the twelve-month fellowship. There is an ultrasonography lecture given three days a week.

The aim of the fellowship is to provide the trainee with further experience and concentrated training in cross sectional imaging after completion of a residency in Diagnostic Radiology. The fellowship includes adequate supervision by faculty and yet encourages responsible independence and academic interest. The fellow is expected to share in on-call responsibilities with the staff.

Monthly evaluations of the performance of the fellow will address academic performance, medical knowledge, personal performance/interaction, and cognitive performance.

Tina Hunter
Radiology Fellowship Coordinator

Shahid Hussain, MD, PhD
Body Imaging Fellowship Director