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Department: MERAD-Radiology
Course: 520-Neuroradiology

Course Director: Dr Pedro J. Diaz Marchan
Course Faculty: Dr Pedro J. Diaz Marchan
Elective Location: BTGH
Elective Offered Terms:
Months: 1A,1B,1C,2A,2B,2C
Min. Number of Students:Max: 2
Elective Type: Clinical
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: MERAD-506
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: H,HP, P, MP, F Narrative Evaluation
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 7a-4p Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
1) Recognize neuroanatomy on imaging studies: a) different lobes and areas in the brain on axial CTs, as well as, sagittal and coronal reconstructions; b) areas that separate the main lobes - fissures, ventricles; 2) High yield abnormal CT findings: a) different intracranial hemorrhages (epidural, subdural, subarachnoid, Intraparenchymal); b) different strokes (lacunar, ischemic, hemorrhagic; c) Tumors (ex. GBM, lymphoma, metastatic disease, etc.); 3) MRI: a) basics on the physics related to CT and MRI; b) T1 vs T2 weighted images - What are the advantages and limitation of each sequence; c) Diffusion restriction - Know the usefulness of diffusion images - Know the situations in which a DWI is beneficial in diagnosing acute vascular insults; d) recognizing findings in vascular insults (acute, subacute and chronic); 4) Contrast agents: a) The role of iodinated and gadolinium based contrast agents in the diagnosis of neurological diseases; b) Indications and contraindications; c) Use in CTAs and MRAs.
Learning Activities
Readings: Squires Fundamentals of Radiology, Chapter 18. Daily Responsibilities: Students will be assigned to either the BT/HHS Neuro CT and MRI rotations. Students are expected towork with both residents and attendings to get exposed to the role of CT and MRI in the diagnosis of teh most common diseases related to the brain, orbits, face, neck and spine. Clinical Responsibilities: a) Mon-Fri - 7am-4pm b) Conferences: - Morning conferences Mon-Fri are mandatory - Noon resident conferences (12-1) - Endocrinology conference (4th Wed. 12-1) - ENT Tumor Board (12-1 PM 2nd and 4th Thurs.) - Neurology/Neuroradiology (830-930 AM Fri). A schedule will be proviced to the student on the first day of the elective.
Evaluation Methods
Grade based on: 1) Attendance to morning conferences; 2) Presentation of an interesting case; 3) Discussion of an article at the Neuroradiology fellows journal club; 4) Daily interactions with the residents and faculty; 5) Initiative in accessing EPIC and accessing patients histories; 6) Initiative reviewing studies on their own before the readouts.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Student will be contacted prior to elective start date
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Becky Baxter
Contact Phone: 713-798-6362
Contact Fax: 713-798-8359
Contact Location: BCM-Anderson Bldg-Basement-022E

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