The fellowship provides structured training in all aspects of abdominal imaging. Examinations such as CT and MR enterography, urography and liver imaging, pancreatic MRI with secretin stimulation, pelvic MR for rectal cancer and cervical cancer staging, and CT colonography are routinely performed. A large volume of anatomic/functional prostate MR examinations are also performed to diagnose, stage, and surveil prostate cancer and to enable our urology colleagues to perform targeted prostate biopsies using an MR-US coregistration system. All of the major facets of diagnostic ultrasound are included in this training program: abdominal scans, gynecologic scans, and a large volume of vascular/Doppler scans, including peripheral venous and transplant studies.
Fellows are active participants in resident education, both on a daily informal basis and through participation in didactic conferences. Our section is also involved in multiple interdepartmental conferences. Participation in any of a number of ongoing research projects within the section, or creation of a new project, is encouraged.
The Section of Abdominal Imaging at the Cleveland Clinic currently consists of 14 staff radiologists. Approximately 28,000 CT, 27,000 ultrasound, and 7,000 MR examinations are interpreted by our section annually. Also, about 2,900 CT and ultrasound-guided interventional procedures are performed, including fine-needle aspiration, core biopsy sampling, abscess drainage, and percutaneous renal cryoablation. We interpret examinations for both primary and tertiary care patient populations. We serve a highly trained and sophisticated group of gastroenterologists, oncologists, and surgeons subspecializing in the colon and rectum, hepato-pancreatico-biliary surgery, urology, and gynecology. There is heavy emphasis on both oncologic and preoperative and postoperative imaging.