The fellowship will include rotations in other sections of radiology, including neuroradiology, for the purpose of learning noninvasive neurovascular techniques and diagnoses. The fellowship will also include rotations in areas outside of radiology or in areas in which radiology and cardiology collaborate. These include rotations in:
- Cardiac nuclear medicine
- Cardiac cath lab
Much of our current cardiac research is performed in collaboration with cardiology and/or cardiac surgery. Rotations in these departments help foster better clinical knowledge of care and research in the field.
Several senior physicians outside of the CVI section perform specific CV studies and work in close cooperation with the section. Neurovascular imaging attending physicians performs MR and CT of the intra- and extracranial vasculature and cardiology attending physicians conduct extensive cardiac MR research and participate in the clinical service.
Studies are interpreted on two dedicated CVI workstations that are located in MRI reading area. Studies from all HUP, Presbyterian Hospital, and Penn Medicine Radnor MR and CT machines are transferred to them for interpretation.
CV studies are performed on eight 1.5 T MR machines (5 HUP, 1 Presbyterian Hospital and 2 outpatient) and six CT including two 16 detector machines, a 10 detector machine, and three 4 detector machines.
The caseload in the CVI section is extremely high. Approximately 500 cardiac and 4500 peripheral vascular studies performed each year at HUP and Presbyterian Hospital - almost all of them are interpreted and guided by the CVI section.
The department maintains an extremely large CVI teaching file, with more than 500 CT and MRI cases. CV radiology fellows are encouraged to attend a national meeting during their training year, and funding is provided. Secretarial assistance, electronic database searches, statistical assistance and both conventional and digital photography support are provided and is free for residents and fellows. We do not provide professional editing support for any departmental member, although of course attending-level co-authors provide editing advice to trainees. In addition to faculty and departmental reference resources, CVl radiology fellows have access to Medline and numerous e-journal subscriptions through all departmental IP addresses.
The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical library lies immediately adjacent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the world's major biomedical libraries, it contains an exhaustive collection of radiological subspecialty textbooks and paper journals.