Upon completion of the program, fellows will be able to image all forms of cardiovascular disease with appropriate tools and to answer clinical questions with a greater degree of expertise and freedom than is generally available currently. This training program is associated with the ACGME-accredited University of Pennsylvania Diagnostic Radiology Residency and Interventional Radiology Fellowship programs.

Educational Objectives

The major purpose of this fellowship training is to prepare individuals for independent careers in academic and clinical medicine. The emphasis is placed on the understanding the technical aspects of MRA, CTA cardiac CT and cardiac MR imaging, clinical indications and the physiology and pathophysiology of cardiovascular pathology.

During the year several educational goals will be achieved:

  • Understanding of clinical indications for cardiac and peripheral vascular MR and CT studies
  • Acquiring expert skills in acquisition techniques and interpretation of the following studies:
    • Aortic, visceral and peripheral vascular (extremities) MRA and CTA
    • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) CTA, pre AAA stent-graft assessment and post treatment follow-up
    • MR/CT pulmonary artery imaging
    • Neurovascular (including extra and intracranial) vasculature CTA and MRA
    • MR/CT venography
    • MR/CT of the coronary arteries
    • Anatomic and functional cardiac MRI
    • MR of cardiac perfusion and vascular injury
  • In depth study and understanding of CVI MR and multidetector CT physics and underlying principles
  • Acquiring skills for independent conduct of CVI clinical research, including designing of clinical study protocols and obtaining regulatory approval


Candidates in the CVI fellowship are expected to participate in the clinical research activities. At any given time, a wide variety of clinical trials are ongoing and fellows are expected to understand the study protocols and participate in the studies. The help of the full time CVI section research assistant is available to conduct clinical trials. All CVI fellows are encouraged to submit at least one scientific paper or exhibit to a national meeting or journal.

Reading List

  • Bogaert J., Duerinckx A.J., Rademakers F.E., Magnetic Resonance of the Heart and Great Vessels
  • Manning, W.J., Pennell D.J., Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
  • Higgins, Charles B., De Roos, A., Cardiovascular MRI & MRA

Learn about requirements and how to apply »

Program Director

Harold I. Litt, MD, PhDHarold Litt, MD, PhD
Division Chief, Cardiothoracic Imaging
Associate Professor of Radiology, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Professor of Radiology in Medicine

Contact Us

Coordinator: Tracy Jenkins
Department of Radiology/Cardiovascular Imaging Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street/1 Silverstein
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Contact: tracy.jenkins2@pennmedicine.upenn.edu  |  215-662-3431


In this section

  • Rotations

    Recognizing that cardiac and vascular imaging studies are performed in other clinical sections, one-month clinical rotations are offered on an elective basis in Neuroradiology, Thoracic Imaging, and Cardiovascular Medicine.

  • Resources

    The CVI section is staffed exclusively by subspecialist, CVI attending physicians who guide and supervise the program. A dedicated radiology technologist performs post processing of all CV studies.

  • Responsibilities and Assessment

    All of the training programs in the HUP Department of Radiology function on the principle of "graded responsibility‚ÄĚ so that trainees take on greater and greater responsibility as their skills increase.

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