The curriculum for the Neuroradiology Fellowship is designed to provide fellows with extensive hands-on training in a wide range of advanced clinical procedures.
An average of nearly 50,000 procedures are performed each year in the Neuroradiology Section of the Department of Radiology at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Our faculty provides ongoing support while allowing fellows the opportunity to take on additional responsibilities for performing and supervising these procedures.
The fellowship is largely clinical and procedure-oriented, with a required core of Neuroradiology subjects. Typical rotations in the Neuroradiology program may include:
- Angiography - three months
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) - four months
- Computerized tomography (CT) - four months
- Research or electives - one month
The fellowship provides advanced clinical training in diagnostic and therapeutic neuroradiology including:
- Endovascular therapy
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
- Head and neck imaging
- Neuro CT: 33,000 cases
- Neuro MR: 16,000 cases
- Cerebral angiography/neurointerventional: 550 cases
- Neurointerventional: 150 cases
- Myelography/discography: 100 cases
- Kyphoplasty, vertebroplasty: 70 cases
- Neuro PET: 50 cases
Research is encouraged and supported throughout the fellowship.Twenty of our former fellows are in academic medicine. Three have won the Dyke Award, and two are Rhodes Scholars.
Current research includes:
- Machine-based learning to identify MRI relationships distinguishing Alzheimer’s disease from mild cognitive impairment
- Evaluating cerebrovascular disease and cognitive functioning in diabetic patients
- Structural changes in the lumbar spine following radiofrequency neuroablation
- Collaborative studies with the School of Biomedical Engineering, Virginia Tech and Department of Neurosurgery evaluating traumatic brain injury (TBI) in youth and collegiate football athletes
- The effects of music on brain networks
- Brain networks in healthy aging (resistance vs. aerobic training)
- The effect of pesticides on children of Hispanic migrant farm workers
- Follow-up of incidentally found lung nodules
- Role of perfusion in evaluating gamma knife treated brain metastases
Conferences and Didactics
Interdisciplinary and proven conferences are held regularly, and the fellow will be responsible for presenting at weekly fellow and didactic conferences. Initially, all work is supervised by the faculty, with a transition to more independent function expected throughout the fellowship.