Abdominal Imaging

BaumgartenThe Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences offers a one-year accredited fellowship position in abdominal imaging. The fellowship includes training and experience in all aspects of abdominal radiology including CT, abdominal/pelvic and vascular sonography, abdominal/pelvic MRI and peripheral MRA, fluoroscopy and image-guided biopsy and abscess drainages. Participation in ongoing research is encouraged and supported. The program strives to prepare individuals for an academic or specialized private practice career. The program is accredited by the ACGME.

Director: Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR
Interim Director, Division of Abdominal Imaging

Associate Program Director: Lauren Alexander, MD

Assistant Program Director: Aarti Sekhar, MD

Equipment

There are 10 full-time and 5 part-time faculty members in the Division of Abdominal Imaging. The fellowship utilizes Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Grady Memorial Hospital and The Emory Clinic. Equipment includes nine multi-slice CT scanners (a combination of GE and Philips equipment). There are five superconducting 1.5 Tesla MRI units and a 3 Tesla magnet. There are 11 state-of-the-art ultrasound rooms. The section uses eight digital fluoroscopic rooms. A GE PACS unit is in place at Emory Hospital, Emory Midtown and the Emory Clinic. A Philips I-Site system is in place for ultrasound, CT and MRI at Grady.

Patient Population

The patient population within the Emory University Health System is large and diverse including a well-established transplantation service (liver, kidney, pancreas and bone marrow), two dedicated Cancer Centers and 3 emergency rooms. Extensive experience with medical and surgical oncology includes hepatobiliary, pancreatic, gynecological, hematological, skin and urological pathology. The 3 emergency departments are comprised of Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University Hospital and Emory Midtown, where there is vast exposure to common illnesses in the outpatient setting, in addition to abdominal/pelvic trauma at Grady.

Fluoroscopy

Fellows will receive training in routine barium studies as well as fistulograms, defecography and ERCP interpretation.

Sonography

Extensive experience is provided in abdominal and pelvic sonography. Gynecological ultrasound comprises the vast majority of pelvic sonography and includes training in hysterosonography. Training in OB/US is available if requested. Experience with all aspects of vascular ultrasound is provided including training in color Doppler sonography of the carotid arteries, transplant sonography, abdominal Doppler, and peripheral vascular sonography. An additional focus is thyroid and postoperative neck US. In addition, there has been increasing use of intra-operative sonography, mostly for hepatic resection. The Division of Abdominal Imaging collaborates with the hepatic surgeons in cases of hepatic resection, radiofrequency ablation and cryosurgery.

CT

State-of-the-art multi-detector spiral CT is performed at all facilities with dual energy at some locations. Fellows will receive training in multi-slice CT and CT angiography as well as 2 and 3-D reconstructions on a variety of workstations.

Abdominal and Pelvic MR

Fellows will receive extensive training in MR of the liver, kidneys, adrenals, pancreas and of the male and female pelvis.

Interventional Procedures

A large number of solid abdominal organs are biopsied using CT or ultrasound guidance. The Division performs percutaneous lung biopsy and other thoracic interventions as well as lymph node and thyroid biopsies. Other non-vascular interventional procedures include percutaneous abscess drainage, percutaneous cholecystostomy, percutaneous radiofrequency tumor ablation, paracentesis, thoracentesis and sclerosis of hepatic and renal cysts and lymphoceles.

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Please direct inquiries to:

Tiffany Easter
Abdominal Imaging Fellowship Program
The Emory Clinic
Department of Radiology
1365-A Clifton Road NE, Suite AT-627
Atlanta, GA  30322

phone: (404) 778-3800
fax: (404) 778-3080
tiffany.easter@emoryhealthcare.org

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