On the ultrasound (US) rotation, abdominal imaging fellows learn to:
- Interpret high-resolution US findings to evaluate many different types of abdominal pathology
- Systematically use and interpret color Doppler to answer questions in abdominal imaging cases
- Apply new techniques, such as 3D ultrasound, expanded field of view and power Doppler, in imaging various abdominal disorders
- Understand how to avoid screening mistakes for emergent conditions, such as ectopic pregnancy, pelvic inflammatory disease, scrotal torsion and acute cholecystitis
Fellows will also learn protocols for performing ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, such as liver mass biopsy, thyroid nodule biopsy, transrectal and transvaginal abscess drainage, and percutaneous nephrostomy.
Research interests address fetal anomalies, 3D sonography, thyroid disease, prostate carcinoma, sonohysterography, ovarian torsion and radiofrequency tumor ablation.
Vascular examinations with color, power and duplex Doppler sonography are frequently performed. These are used to assess liver transplants, TIPS evaluation, portal hypertension, renal transplants, impotence, extremities, scrotal and adnexal masses.
We perform more than 18,000 ultrasound examinations annually. Equipment includes:
- Philips HDI 3000/5000 and IU22
- Philips Envisior in Emergency Department
- PACS workstations, with each US examination room and every ED patient room connected to our network
Teaching conferences enrich the rotation with:
- Daily case discussions during readout
- Monthly follow-up conference
- Weekly Radiology Grand Rounds
- Monthly journal club
- Monthly abdominal imaging conference (US, CT, MRI)
- Monthly Greater Delaware Valley Ultrasound Society
- Monthly Pennsylvania Radiologic Society