Abdominal Radiology MRI Track
As a fellow in the Abdominal Radiology MRI Track, you work closely with abdominal-imaging experts. You gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career in the private and academic practice of radiology with special emphasis on diseases of the gastrointestinal and genitourinary systems and comprehensive exposures to MRI that cannot be mastered in radiology residency training.
The equipment used for the Abdominal Radiology MRI Track at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona is cutting edge and state-of-the-art. You gain experience with 3.0T MRI scanners and PET/MRI integrated with a 3.0T MRI.
This track's broad, in-depth curriculum covers all fundamentals of body magnetic resonance imaging.
Your clinical time includes training in the following:
- GI tract MRI. MR enterography, MRI staging of rectal cancer and perianal fistulas, and MR proctography.
- Hepatobiliary and pancreatic MRI. Comprehensive contrast-enhanced MRI including:
- AASLD 2011/OPTN/LI-RADs guidelines for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) diagnosis
- MR elastography
- Diffusion-weighted imaging
- MR fat and iron qualification of the liver
- Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
- Secretin stimulation dynamic MR pancreatography
- Gynecologic MRI. Comprehensive MRI of the uterus, ovary and vagina covering cancer staging, deep pelvic endometriosis and uterine artery embolization for fibroids
- Genitourinary MRI. Multiparametric MRI of the prostate at 3.0T utilizing PI-RADS version 2 and DynaCAD v3.5 for MR/TRUS fusion biopsy, MR urography, and comprehensive MRI of the kidney, adrenal gland, urethra, penis, scrotum and supporting retroperitoneum
- Abdominal MR angiography. Contrast-enhanced and noncontrast-enhanced MRA/MRV of the aortoiliac, mesenteric, renal, and pelvic arteries and veins
You are given up to three four-week blocks of elective time that can be spent in two areas outside of body MRI. See the fellowship's curriculum page for available elective opportunities and minimum number of four-week blocks required for each elective.
During the Abdominal Radiology MRI Track, you participate in several recurring multidisciplinary conferences that afford close cooperative interaction with outstanding medical, surgical and pathology colleagues. These include:
- Colorectal conference
- Genitourinary conference
- GYN conference
- Hepatocellular multidisciplinary conference
- Pancreatic conference
- Prostate MRI conference
In addition, you can participate in multiple conferences offered by the other radiology subspecialty areas.
Mayo Clinic's body MRI division in Arizona is actively involved in clinical research and has won awards for its research projects at national meetings. You are expected to participate in one or more projects with the Abdominal Radiology MRI staff during your fellowship year.
The Abdominal Radiology MRI Track faculty includes:
- Christine (Cooky) O. Menias, M.D.
Body Imaging Division Chair
- Akira Kawashima, M.D., Ph.D.
- Frederick Chen, M.D.
- Joseph M. Collins, M.D.
- Amy K. Hara, M.D.
- Matthew T. Heller, M.D.
- C. Daniel Johnson, M.D.
- Kumaresan Sandrasegaran, M.D., Ch.B.
- Alvin C. Silva, M.D.
- Clinton V. Wellnitz, M.D.
Akira Kawashima, M.D., Ph.D.