Cardiothoracic Imaging

Residents and fellows coming into the cardiothoracic imaging section will experience one of the most challenging learning programs in the field. Because of the volume of radiographs we read, you will be exposed to routine, rare and complex conditions and participate in variety of services.
Cardiac imaging
This rapidly-expanding service includes seven cardiac imagers and a collaborative partnership with the School of Medicine Division of Cardiology. We combine innovative procedures and research to bring advanced diagnostic equipment into the operating room to give surgeons clearer, real-time images of the heart and vascular structures.

Cardiology fellows rotate in the cardiac radiology service and work with radiology resident on case presentations. Their participation allows correlation with echocardiography and conventional angiography images during image interpretation and teaching conferences. MIR residents graduate with a strong grasp of cardiac CT and MRI, given the strong teaching conferences, high volume of cases and the opportunity to participate in the screening process.   

CT-guided lung biopsies
Residents have the opportunity to perform a multitude of CT-guided lung biopsies alongside a cardiothoracic radiologist. This large volume service – we conduct more than 200 procedures each year -- allows residents to become proficient in this modality by participating in these procedures rather than just observing.

Thoracic MRI
The thoracic MRI service performs all non-cardiac MRI examinations including vascular MRA and evaluation of the acute aorta, vasculitis, pulmonary embolism, mediastinal masses, pleural disease and lung cancer. In addition to reading cases with a thoracic MRI attending, residents and fellows are actively involved in the performing exams at the scanner. As an adjunct to the clinical aspects of the service, cardiothoracic imaging residents and fellows attend dedication, small-group teaching sessions geared toward an improved understanding of MR physics and protocol design.