Cardiac and Thoracic Imaging Fellowsip

Fellowship Programs: Cardiac and Thoracic Imaging Fellowship

Cardiothoracic and Cardiac MRI Fellowship 

The University of Calgary’s Department of Radiology offers up to three one-year fellowships in Cardiac and Thoracic imaging. The first two positions are combined Cardiothoracic imaging fellowships designed for radiologists interested in furthering their knowledge in cardiothoracic and pulmonary imaging. The third position is a dedicated Cardiac MRI fellowship at the Stephenson Cardiovascular Imaging Centre. 

Cardiothoracic fellows are provided with dedicated pulmonary and cardiac training. The pulmonary imaging experience is part of a high volume tertiary care chest referral centre. This includes chest CT performed for a wide variety of pulmonary pathologies including thoracic malignancies, infections, and interstitial lung disease. Opportunity for lung biopsy experience is available. Experience in cardiothoracic imaging will cover the acquisition, post-processing and interpretation of cardiac CT for a variety of indications, the most common of which is evaluation for coronary artery disease. Other types of studies are performed for pre- and post-surgical evaluation of the aorta, pre-TAVI/TAVR and minimally invasive mitral valve repair work-up, adult congenital heart disease, post-thoracic aorta endovascular stent-graft repair follow-up, pulmonary vein ablation evaluation, and coronary vein mapping. At a minimum, trainees will have the opportunity to achieve Level 2 certification. Level 3 training will be dependent on the motivation of the individual.

Cardiac MRI fellows will spend the majority of their experience in the Stephenson Cardiovascular Imaging Centre. This is a unique training environment where there is a high volume of clinical cardiac MRI cases performed with up to 3600 cases being performed between two dedicated 3T MRI scanners per year. Fellows will gain experience in a diverse array of cardiac MRI indications including cardiomyopathies, viability MRI, adult congenital heart disease, stress perfusion imaging, and valvular disease. Fellows will gain experience in advanced image processing and research is encouraged. (http://www.canscmr.ca/trainees.html)

Both Cardiothoracic and Cardiac MRI fellowships are based at the Foothills Medical Centre (FMC) with some exposure to South Health Campus (SHC). These sites are the main tertiary care referral sites for cardiac and pulmonary imaging for southern Alberta and southeastern British. FMC draws its patients from a population of more than one million people and performs a wide range of procedures, among them:

  • Cardiac CT and chest CT studies are performed on a GE Healthcare Revolution CT 256 scanner and GE Discovery CT 750 High Definition scanners.
  • Cardiac MRI exams are performed on two dedicated Siemens 3T MRI scanners (Prisma and Aeria) with 1.5 T access on a Siemens AvantoFit.
  • Collaboration with clinical pulmonary and cardiac services include weekly pulmonary case rounds and tumour board, biweekly interstitial lung disease rounds, regular clinical-radiological-pathological correlation rounds, quarterly coronary CTA rounds, weekly cardiac MRI case-review rounds, monthly multi-disciplinary thoracic aorta and aortopathy rounds, journal club, and research rounds, among others.

Information and application

Cardiothoraic Fellowship

For more about the Cardiothoracic Fellowship, e-mail radiology.fellowship@ucalgary.ca with attention to: Dr. Zachary Guenther, Program Director.

Cardiac MRI Fellowship

For more information about the Cardiac MRI Fellowship, e-mail radiology.fellowship@ucalgary.ca with attention to: Dr. Carmen Lydell, Program Director.

Applications must be submitted through our on-line application form