Cardiovascular Imaging

The CVI section is staffed exclusively by subspecialist CVI attending physicians that guide and supervise the program. There is a dedicated radiology technologist that performs post processing of all CV studies.

The fellowship will include rotations in other sections of radiology including neuroradiology for the purpose of learning noninvasive neurovascular techniques and diagnoses. The fellowship will also include rotations in areas outside of radiology or in areas in which radiology and cardiology collaborate. These include rotations in cardiac nuclear medicine, echocardiography and in the cardiac cath lab. Much of our current cardiac research is performed in collaboration with cardiology and/or cardiac surgery and thus these out of department rotations may help foster both better clinical knowledge/care and also better research in the field.

There are several additional senior physicians outside the CVI section that perform specific CV studies and work in close cooperation with CVI section. Neurovascular imaging attending physicians performs MR and CT of the intra- and extracranial vasculature and cardiology attending physicians conduct extensive cardiac MR research and participate in the clinical service.

Studies are interpreted on two dedicated CVI workstations that are located in MRI reading area. Studies from all HUP, Presbyterian Hospital, and Penn Medicine Radnor MR and CT machines are transferred to them for interpretation.

CV studies are performed on eight 1.5 T MR machines (5 HUP, 1 Presbyterian Hospital and 2 outpatient) and six CT including two 16 detector machines, a 10 detector machine, and three 4 detector machines.

The caseload in the CVI section is extremely high. Approximately 500 cardiac and 4500 peripheral vascular studies performed each year at HUP and Presbyterian Hospital - almost all of them are interpreted and guided by the CVI section.

The department maintains an extremely large CVI teaching file, with more than 500 CT and MRI cases. CV radiology fellows are encouraged to attend a national meeting during their training year, and funding is provided. Secretarial assistance, electronic database searches, statistical assistance and both conventional and digital photography support are provided and is free for residents and fellows. We do not provide professional editing support for any departmental member, although of course attending-level co-authors provide editing advice to trainees. In addition to faculty and departmental reference resources, CVl radiology fellows have access to Medline and numerous e-journal subscriptions through all departmental IP addresses. The University of Pennsylvania Biomedical library lies immediately adjacent to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. As one of the world's major biomedical libraries, it contains an exhaustive collection of radiological subspecialty textbooks and paper journals.