Neuroradiology Rotation Goals and Objectives
PGY-3 and 4
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Introduction: The radiology rotation is designed to develop competency in the use and interpretation of radiologic studies in the care of patients with neurological illness.
¨ To provide exposure to a wide variety of neuroimaging studies
¨ To teach the clinically relevant principals of magnetic resonance and computerized axial tomographic imaging techniques
¨ Expand knowledge of neuroanatomy
¨ To introduce the principals applied in choosing protocols for magnetic resonance and computerized axial tomographic imaging studies
¨ Refine skills in the clinical correlation of history, physical examination and imaging studies for patients seen in clinic
Develop the skills to discuss sensitive issues including the role of radiological studies and their risks and benefits with patients and their families and appreciate issues in obtaining informed consent.
Introduce the basic physics principals of CT and MR imaging and how they relate to choosing imaging protocols and interpreting studies (PGY3).
Identify and correlate imaging findings with clinical localization and anatomy. (PGY3,4)
Demonstrate the ability to interpret standard diagnostic studies including CT and MRI imaging and learn the role and selection of CT, MRI and isotope and catheter based procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological illnesses affecting the central and peripheral nervous system including stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, tremor and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, myopathy and neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and neurological malignancies (PGY4).
Apply these principles in the discussion of health maintenance and common disease processes, and in the evaluation and management of outpatients.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
Learn the basics of communicating normal and abnormal findings using neuroimaging reports.
Be able to create a full report of an MRI and CT neuroimaging findings. (PGY4)
Interact with radiology staff in a courtesy and professional fashion. Attend and present clinical cases histories at neuroimaging conferences.
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Perform literature review on common neuroimaging findings in stroke, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, tremor and other movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, myopathy and neuropathy, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and neurological malignancies. Apply relevant literature to interpret imaging studies. Perform a formal presentation for a patient encountered during the rotation.
Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of health care systems with an understanding of the interaction of Neuroradiology with clinical specialties. Improve skills in communicating with other providers in the ordering and interpretation of diagnostic studies.