Abdominal/Body Imaging Fellowship

The Abdominal/Body Imaging Fellowship includes additional training in magnetic resonance imaging, computed body tomography, sonography, and interventional techniques.

The fellowship emphasizes magnetic resonance imaging with six months devoted to MRI and three months each to ultrasound and CT. The MRI service covers pelvic and abdominal imaging including hepatic, pancreatic and renal MR and MRCP as well as MSK MR and MR angiographic procedures. MR practice includes both in-hospital and free-standing outpatient clinical experience. MR scanners consist of state-of-the-art 3T and 1.5T GE and Siemens units.  The CT experience is appropriate to a tertiary level medical center with a significant and increasing referral pattern from oncology, transplantation, gastroenterology, surgical subspecialties and trauma. Cutting edge CT technology including dual energy and iterative reconstruction is utilized in an increasing volume of thoracoabdominal aortic and CT coronary arteriography, abdominal visceral and extremity CT angiographic studies. Ultrasound experience is broad based (abdomen, pelvic, peripheral vascular and small parts).

All imaging equipment is state-of-the-art and the reading environment includes an integrated PACS and electronic medical records system with digital voice recognition for transcription.

Fellows perform biopsy and abscess drainage procedures utilizing sonography and CT as appropriate under direction of faculty. Fellows are hired as an instructor/fellow and develop greater independence in daily clinical practice during the course of the fellowship. Fellows participate in night and weekend call schedules, work on clinical research projects of interest and write at least one clinical research paper.

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Application Documents

  • Application
  • CV
  • Copies of your USMLE Step 1 & Step 2, CSA, & Step 3
  • Your personal statement
  • 3 original letters of reference from radiologists with whom you have worked and/or trained
  • Dean's letter
  • ECFMG (if applicable)
  • Photo (optional)

Email or Mail Application Documents to:
Scott Erickson, MD, Program Director
c/o Chris Lucas
Department of Radiology
MCW & Froedtert Hospital
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53226

  • Salary, $110,000
  • Stipend, $3000 for books and meetings
  • Health and dental insurance
  • 4 weeks paid vacation plus up to 2 additional paid days to attend RSNA in Chicago
  • Additional 1 paid week to attend a national meeting
  • Academic time available if involved with approved project with expectation of presentation and/or publication
Body CT (hospital based with interventions)

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Ultrasound (hospital based with interventions)

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Body MR (hospital based)

The fellow-instructor spends three months in “body” MR, which includes abdominal and pelvic examinations.  Because of the great breadth of this material, as well as the inclusion of musculoskeletal MR in the other three month MR block, we provide our fellow-instructors with a 2+ Gb iPad compatible e-book.  The contents include a curriculum of recommended readings and embedded text and video content.

Abdominal MR material covers the entire gamut of indications.  We are a busy GI oncology hospital with a Cancer Center located on campus.  The chair of surgery is a nationally recognized expert on pancreatic and endocrine surgery.  Our interventional radiology service is recognized as one of the best in the country and we interpret a high volume of MR and CT cases for hepatocellular carcinoma and cholangiocarcinoma.

Pelvic MR material is weighted towards gynecologic oncology.  Our radiation oncologists embraced MR as a tool for both pre- and post-treatment evaluation of cervical carcinoma over 25 years ago and this continues to be the primary use for gynecologic oncology imaging.  Other indications include evaluation of fibroids and characterization of pelvic masses.

We have been performing prostate MR for over a year.  Our examinations are predominately done using an endorectal coil on a 3T unit.  We are collaborating with urology, medical physics, and pathology in a project to correlate whole-mount prostate sections with corresponding MR images.  This is acknowledged to be the optimal way to improve accuracy when interpreting this difficult examination.   A team approach is routinely used during readout with the fellow-instructor and most examinations are reviewed by three or more faculty.

Musculoskeletal Imaging with Emphasis on MR (outpatient based and hospital based with option for interventions)

Musculoskeletal MR comprises a significant part of our fellowship.  Fellow-instructors interpret musculoskeletal examinations in both outpatient imaging and hospital-based settings.   There is a close relationship between the abdominal and musculoskeletal sections and many faculty members participate in both sub-specialties.  We provide a 2 Gb e-book for iPad that includes the curriculum as well as embedded written and video content.

The case material at our imaging center consists primarily of “sports medicine” examinations of the large and small joints.  We perform up to six MR arthrograms a day using a streamlined approach that allows the radiologist to perform these procedures in approximately ten minutes from the time of consent to the completion of injection.  We provide imaging for the Milwaukee Brewers and have an excellent relationship with their physicians and trainers.  Though not required, many of our fellow-instructors also choose to interpret musculoskeletal CT and radiographic examinations. 

Musculoskeletal case material at the hospital is more balanced between imaging of the joints as well as osseous/soft tissue masses and infection.  We hold interdisciplinary sports medicine conference twice a month, presented by faculty from both radiology and orthopedics.  Orthopedic oncology conference is held weekly and is presented by faculty from orthopedic oncology, radiation therapy, surgical oncology, medical oncology, and pathology.  There are invariably five or more members of the musculoskeletal section in attendance.  Fellow-instructors can elect to participate in CT and ultrasound guided soft tissue/bone biopsies.

The inclusion of musculoskeletal MR is uniformly emphasized as one of the strengths of our fellowship and provides an additional skillset for those considering private practice or outpatient-based academic positions.  The fellow-instructor can create a musculoskeletal “mini fellowship" by electing to interpret other imaging modalities, participate in procedures, and attend sub-specialty conferences.

Abdominal Interventional Service

The fellow-instructor will have the opportunity to perform non-vascular interventional procedures.

Soft tissue biopsies are performed using CT or ultrasound guidance.  These include solid abdominal organ, intraperitoneal/retroperitoneal, and neck (thyroid/nodal) masses.

Drainages of fluid collections are performed using CT, ultrasound, or a multimodality approach.  Transrectal and transvaginal ultrasound directed drainages are well accepted by patients and often preferable to the transgluteal approach.  The scope of procedures can be found in many traditional dedicated interventional radiology fellowships.

Our program emphasizes a comprehensive team approach.  Staff radiologists and trainees work closely with physician extenders, radiology nurses/anesthesiologists, and technologists in order to provide excellent outcomes and ensure patient comfort.

We are currently remodeling our dedicated hybrid CT/US procedure suite to accommodate an increasing procedural volume.  We are also in the process of constructing an outpatient consultation service and post-procedural follow-up clinic.

 The program’s goal is to provide comprehensive training such that the fellow-instructor is cognizant of all important preprocedural, periprocedural, and postprocedural issues.  At the end of the fellowship, our graduates will be able to perform the full gamut of image-guided biopsy and drainage procedures.  This marketable skillset can provide additional employment options both in academic medicine or private practice.

  Rotation Responsibilities
  • All rotations are covered with an on-site attending
  • All examinations are initially reviewed with attendings, then there is a graded shift to independent reading of CT and ultrasound cases
  Call Responsibilities
  • Weekend call always in collaboration with attending
  • No separate, additional call pools
  Post Completion

All of MCW Abdominal/Body Imaging fellow-instructors have placed in excellent positions.

Fellowship years 2016-17 and 2017-18 are filled.  If you have any questions about the program, please contact Dr. Scott Erickson c/o Christine Lucas at cmlucas@mcw.edu, or at the address listed below.

Scott J. Erickson, MD
Professor of Radiology
Program Director
Medical College of Wisconsin Dept of Radiology
9200 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53226

W. Dennis Foley, MD
Professor of Radiology
Associate Program Director
Medical College of Wisconsin Dept of Radiology
9200 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53226

Joseph J. Budovec, MD
Associate Professor of Radiology
Abdominal/Body Imaging Education and Curriculum Director
Medical College of Wisconsin Dept of Radiology
9200 W Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53226