Body Imaging Fellowship
All 2023-2024 fellowship positions have been filled.
The Stanford Body Imaging Fellowship is a one-year clinical fellowship that will provide structured training and broad exposure to abdominal/body imaging. Stanford Hospital is a tertiary care Magnet Hospital with an excellent breadth of pathology drawing from a comprehensive cancer center, high volume transplantation center, a Trauma I emergency department, as well as community physicians. State of the art equipment include high field strength MR scanners (3T and 1.5 T), latest CT technology including ASIR, MBIR, dual energy, CT colonography, and the latest US technologies including contrast-enhanced US and elastography. Fellows fully participate in all aspects of clinical services, with frequent contact with our referring physicians. Teaching duties of the fellows include weekly case conferences, interdisciplinary tumor boards, and interdisciplinary GI conferences. A separate didactic lecture series is provided for body fellows at the beginning of the year.
Rotations include inpatient and ED CT, outpatient CT, inpatient and ED ultrasound (includes ultrasound guided biopsies), outpatient ultrasound, body MRI, PET-CT, and electives. During the elective blocks, fellows can choose from the following options: cardiovascular imaging, chest imaging, image guided biopsy, nuclear medicine, fetal imaging, mammography/women’s imaging, pediatric MRI, cardiac MRI, musculoskeletal imaging, informatics, research, or quality improvement to name a few.
Currently we accept eleven body imaging fellows per year for the one-year fellowship. The body imaging fellowship is a non-accredited program. To be eligible for this fellowship, applicants must successfully complete an ACGME radiology residency in a US or Canadian program. A California Medical License is required prior to start of fellowship.
Through the Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) program, we are able to accept up to two fellows for a two-year training program. The mission of SCIT is to train the next generation of researchers in the development and clinical translation of advanced techniques for cancer imaging and its applications. Learn more about SCIT at http://med.stanford.edu/scitpgrogram.html
We are not accepting applications at this time.
To apply for the Body Imaging Fellowship, please complete application here and include the following required materials:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Personal Statement
- USMLE (or equivalent) scores
- Digital headshot
Additionally, 3 letters of recommendation (dated, signed, and on official institutional letterhead) are required, to be submitted online. One letter must be from your program director and two from additional faculty members in your department. A link will be provided with the application for letters of recommendation to be submitted online.
Applications must be submitted using the online system. Applications will not be considered complete until all materials and letters are received.
Stanford University Medical Center is unique as a university hospital. It is not only a tertiary referral center for advanced subspecialty care, but is also a Level-1 trauma center and a community hospital serving the Peninsula and surrounding Bay Area region. Thus, fellows are exposed to a broad range of specialty and community pathology.
The fellowship includes state-of-the-art equipment in CT, ultrasound and MRI, including advanced 3-D imaging and imaging reconstruction, dual-energy CT, low-dose CT techniques, and the latest MR sequences. In addition, we utilize the latest ultrasound technologies such as elastography and ultrasound contrast.
Our radiologists closely collaborate with basic scientists and physicists within the Department of Radiology to enhance and develop new MR sequences and CT technology. Many of our radiologists have their own laboratories in which they perform basic imaging research.
Inpatient CT: Complex inpatient postoperative, post-transplant, and oncology cases, as well as emergency department cases are read on this rotation. Our clinicians routinely visit the body fellows in our inpatient reading room for opinions, which results in a rich understanding of the patient behind the scan.
Inpatient US: You will see a wide variety of complex inpatient, transplant, oncology, and emergency department cases, including gynecology and first-trimester studies, on this rotation. In addition, ultrasound-guided renal biopsies, thyroid and lymph-node biopsies are performed. Intraoperative ultrasound guidance for surgical procedures is provided on this rotation as well.
Body MR: The body MR service sees a wide variety of pathology with a relatively high volume of body MR cases, including cirrhotic and HCC liver studies, pre- and post-transplant liver and kidney patients, MRCP, hepatobiliary pathology, gynecologic imaging, urologic imaging (including prostate MRI, PIRADS), and rectal MR.
Imaging-guided Biopsies: Image-guided biopsies and drainages are performed with the interventional radiology division. You will round on patients with the IR service as a key and integral part of their team. (This is an elective rotation that is highly recommended.)
Cardiovascular Imaging: The cardiovascular service images all cardiac MR, cardiac CT, pulmonary CT (PE CT), and peripheral vascular CT and MR. Three-dimensional imaging with the latest volume-rendering software is a fundamental part of the rotation, and you will become adept at using a wide variety of 3D software to help you in your diagnostic acumen by the end of your rotation. (This is an elective rotation that is highly recommended.)
Elective: Many fellows choose to do their elective months in chest imaging, cardiovascular imaging, neuroradiology, musculoskeletal radiology, image guided biopsies, breast imaging, and PET-CT. Others who are interested in academics may choose to concentrate on research projects.
Outpatient CT/US: Our outpatient imaging centers provide a patient-centric radiology experience at several locations close to campus. State-of-the-art CT, US, and MR scanners are located at each imaging center.
Our world-renowned abdominal imaging faculty are acknowledged experts in the field, and are heavily involved in medical education at the administrative level as well as at the viewbox. Fellows interested in research or teaching opportunities during their training year will find a wealth of options amongst our faculty.
Conferences & Teaching
- Body Rounds: This weekly CME-accredited conference is attended by all Body Imaging Fellows, residents, and body imaging faculty. Interesting cases from the week are presented and discussed. Journal Club is held monthly, with in-depth discussion of the selected journal club article, followed by presentation of clinical cases pertaining to the article.
- Daily Case Conference: This is an informal conference that is attended by faculty, fellows, and residents. Interesting cases are routinely shown during this conference, as well as difficult cases that stimulate discussions and opinions from the participants.
- Digestive Disease Conference: At this weekly conference, a gastroenterology resident/fellow and surgery resident/fellow each present a case, usually as an unknown, and the Body Imaging Fellow presents the imaging findings. Cases presented are typically of a quality and interest level that they are often written up and published in Seminars in Digestive Disease and Sciences Journal.
- Tumor Boards: Body Imaging Fellows routinely present cases at interdisciplinary tumor boards such as Hepatobiliary, Neuroendocrine, and Colorectal conferences, which provides a rich environment of teaching and exposure to interesting pathology.
- Grand Rounds: Twice a month at this CME-accredited conference, invited guests from around the world, as well as Stanford faculty, present lectures on various topics.
- Ultrasound Scanning Club: Once a week, Body Fellows focus on hands-on scanning of a specific anatomic structure with dedicated instruction on proper scanning technique, image optimization, and tips and trick in image acquisition.
- Didactic Fellow Lectures: This lecture series runs during July through September and is specifically designed for the Body Imaging Fellows, with presentations by the body imaging, cardiovascular, and MRI faculty. Topics covered include:
1st trimester bleeding & ectopic pregnancy (Kamaya)
Acute abdominal vascular disorders (Fleischmann)
Acute aorta I (Fleischmann)
Acute aorta II (Fleischmann)
Acute Pulmonary Embolism (Becker)
Abdominal Spaces (Lo)
Appendicitis & complicated cholecystitis (Jeffrey)
Assessing the postoperative abdomen (Gayer)
BMT Complications (Desser)
Doppler evaluation of the liver, non-transplant (Kamaya)
Cardiac Assist Devices (J. Shen)
Chest trauma & X-ray of foreign bodies (Leung)
Congenital Internal hernias (Chow)
Contrast enhanced US and Elastography (Kamaya)
CT colonography (Poullos)
Emergency Body MR - protocols and interpretation (Vasanawala)
Endometriosis and uterus (Ghanouni)
ER Body Imaging Pitfalls (Hsu)
Intra-renal arterial doppler indices: What are they good for? (Desser)
IV and oral contrast, contrast reactions, and indications (Morimoto)
Liver THIDS & THADS (Desser)
Liver transplant evaluation (Kamaya)
MR Artifacts (Vasanawala)
MR Enterography (Daniel)
MR of diffuse liver disease (Brunsing)
Nephrostomy, nephrectomy, and more: post-up upper GU tract (L. Shen)
Pelvic floor MRI (Sheth)
Plumbing 101: post surgical anatomy and complications (Poullos)
Post partum complications (Kamaya)
Prostate MRI (Loening)
Protocoling tips & tricks (Mariano)
Quantitative cancer imaging & RECIST (Becker)
Right upper quadrant pain (Kamaya)
Screening & diagnosis of HCC (Kamaya)
The acute abdomen in the oncologic patient (Gayer)
Thyroid imaging and TI-RADS (Kamaya)
Up against the wall: differential diagnosis of abdominal wall masses (Gayer)
Online Medical Education Lectures by Body Imaging Faculty
Terry Desser, MD:
Thyroid Nodules: What We Know and What We Don't
Aya Kamaya, MD:
HCC Surveillance And Fibrosis MR
Ultrasound Screening of Hepatocellular Carcinoma - Part 1
Color Doppler Sonography in Genitourinary Ultrasound
Principles, Concepts, and Applications of Ultrasonography
SRU Gallbladder Polyp Consensus Committee Guidelines
Peter Poullos, MD:
Thriving after life-changing trauma