Body Imaging Fellowship

Program Director: Elizabeth Edney, MD

The Body Imaging Fellowship at UNMC is designed to provide the graduate of a diagnostic radiology residency with additional training and expertise in body imaging. The Abdominal Imaging Division consists of seven full-time faculty and two part time faculty. The fellowship includes ample experience in all facets of body cross sectional imaging including CT, MRI and ultrasound.  The fellow will spend their time divided between these imaging modalities.

The patient population is challenging and diversified with a high volume of cases and a wide variety of general medical and surgical problems. These include the surgical specialties of transplant surgery, surgical oncology, urology, colorectal surgery, trauma surgery and bariatric surgery.  The Abdominal Imaging Division also provides image interpretation to multiple medical specialties, such as oncology, gastroenterology, hepatology, infectious diseases, nephrology, and internal medicine.

Nebraska Medicine has a McKesson PACS system. The Abdominal Imaging Division performs over 25,000 body CT scans and over 2,400 MRI scans a year.  Currently there are five GE CT scanners, two 1.5T and one 3T GE MR units, a 1.5T and 3T Philips MR units and a 1.2T open Hitachi Oasis MRI.  With the addition of Village Point, Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center, and Lauritzen Outpatient Center, we have purchased two additional 3T MR Philips scanners, two additional 1.5 Philips scanners as well as four state of the art GE CT scanners.  The ultrasound section performs over 26,000 cases a year, including abdominal, obstetrical, transplant, pediatric, head and vascular studies.  Ten ultrasound scanners include Philips and Toshiba units having harmonic imaging, color flow and power Doppler capability, 3D and extended field of view.

The fellow participates in reviewing and reporting abdomen, pelvis, chest, and soft tissue neck MRI, CT and US studies.  Interpretation of the studies is directed by staff radiologists.  The Abdominal Imaging Division provides conference coverage for several multispecialty clinical conferences each week including HCC, chest, GYN oncology, GI oncology, and lymphoma tumor boards. The Body Fellow is expected to attend and present cases at these conferences.  There are opportunities for research, which is encouraged.  Time, as needed, is made available for preparation of research papers and presentations.  A stipend for educational conferences is also provided.  There is a daily resident conference at noon that the fellow may attend. The Body Imaging Fellow will present three conferences during the twelve-month fellowship. There is an ultrasonography lecture given three days a week that the fellow may attend.

The aim of the fellowship is to provide further experience and concentrated training in body imaging.  The fellowship includes adequate supervision by faculty yet encourages independence and academic interests.  The fellow is expected to share on-call responsibilities with the staff.  The fellow will spend approximately 80% of their time as a fellow and 20% of their time functioning as a staff radiologist. Fellows are given twelve weeks of elective time.  This time can be spent outside the body imaging division in areas such as breast imaging, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology, interventional radiology or nuclear medicine.

For additional information about the Body Imaging Fellowship contact Dr. Elizabeth Edney, UNMC Radiology Department, 981045 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-1045 or phone 402-559-1010.