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Department: MERAD-Radiology (includes Radiation Oncology)
Course: 520-Neuroradiology

Course Coordinator: Dr Pedro J. Diaz Marchan
Course Faculty: Dr. Arun Nachiappan,Dr Pedro J. Diaz Marchan
Elective Location: BTGH
Periods Elective offered:
Min. Number of Students:  Max: 2
Course Level: Clinical Elective: Counts toward 32-credit graduation requirement
Credit: 8
Pre-requisites: Must have completed 570-506 or 570-508
Visiting Student Elective: Yes
Open to International Students: Yes
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): 8am - 5pm Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
COURSE OFFERED: July, August September, October, January, March, April, June 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 i. fissures ii. ventricles 2. High yield abnormal CT findings a. different intracranial hemorrhages i. epidural ii. subdural iii. subarachnoid iv. Intraparenchymal b. different strokes i. lacunar ii. ischemic iii. hemorrhagic c. Tumors (ex: GBM, lymphoma, metastatic disease, etc) 3. MRI a. Basics on the physics related to CT and MRI b. T1 versus T2 weighted images i. What are the advantages and limitation of each sequence c. Diffusion restriction i. Know the usefulness of diffusion restricted images ii. 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 Conferences: Morning conferences Mon-Fri are mandatory (schedule will be provided) Noon resident conferences (12-1pm) Endocrinology conference (4th Wednesday (12-1pm) ENT tumor board (12-1 pm 2nd and 4th Thursdays) Neurology/Neuroradiology: Fridays (8:30-9:30 ) Daily responsibilities: Students will be assigned to either the BTGH Neuro CT and MRI rotations. Students are expected to work with both residents and attendings to get exposed to the role of CT and MRI in the diagnosis of the most common diseases related to the brain, orbits, face, neck and spine.
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:
Contact Becky Baxter prior to the start of the elective for reporting instructions
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Becky Baxter
Contact Phone: 713-798-6362
Contact Fax: 713-798-8359
Contact Location:
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