The body/MSK fellowship at Rush University Medical Center is a competitive program committed to providing the finest subspecialty training in body MRI, musculoskeletal MRI/CT and ultrasound. The 12-month curriculum consists of rotations at the Rush University Medical Center Tower, the Rush Professional Building outpatient center and the Midwest Orthopaedics Building at Rush.
Body Imaging and Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship Overview
Rush University Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital for Rush Medical College, offers four one-year fellowship positions. The fellows spend a total of eight months in magnetic resonance imaging (body/MSK) and four months in ultrasound.
The Section of Ultrasonography performs approximately 100 exams per day in inpatient and outpatient imaging facilities and the non-invasive vascular laboratory. A large volume of vascular, obstetrical and transplant examinations is performed. The section features the latest technology, including a total of 18 ultrasoojnd machines within the inpatient and outpatient faciltiies, consisting of a mixture of Siemens and GE machines. Although we are fully integrated with the department's GE PACS, we also have Syngo as our dedicated ultrasound PACS for real-time digital clip storage and display capabiltieis. Manufacturers use the section as a test site for innovative equipment.
A certain proportion of scanning is performed by radiologists in the section, including interventional procedures under ultrasound guidance, as well as intraoperative and routine diagnostic scans. As a result, fellows acquire exceptional "hands-on" experience. Procedures include sonohysterography, paracentesis, thoracentesis, thyroid biopsy and other superficial biopsies and drainages. We also provide ultrasound guidance for both renal transplant and native kidney biopsies.
Magnetic Resonance Body Imaging
Rush currently operates two 3T Siemens scanners, three 1.5T scanners, with additional 1.5T GE scanner being added.
The body MRI examinations include cardiovascular, hepatobillary, gynecologic, enterography, defecography, genitourinary, angiogram/venogram, prostate and obstetric MR imaging, including fetal MRI. Our examinations are performed with the latest techniques. The educational program in MRI emphasizes teaching of the physical theory, as well as the clinical practice of MR imaging. This includes MR physics and clinical seminars by the former chairperson of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology. MRI and US conferences also include monthly journal clubs and monthly conferences prepared by the fellows for the residents.
Fellows in the body/MSK fellowship interpret MRI and CT studies for Midwest Orthopaedics, a large, prestigioous, sub-specialized orthopaedics group located in a separate building on the Rush campus. The MOR building features two 1.5T scanners with an additional expected dedicated 1.5T extremity magnet to be added in the near future, as well as an additional second CT scanner. Procedures include arthograms and ultrasound-guided steroid injections. The fellows are actively involved in the sarcoma multi-departmental bimonthly conferences.