Imaging Sciences


Michael Potchen, MD, Program Director

The URMC Neuroradiology fellowship is a one year ACGME-accredited program that focuses on all aspects of neuroradiology including abnormalities of the central and peripheral nervous system, spine, and head and neck. Resident teaching, research, and participation in a variety of conferences are expected.

Clinical and Research Work Environment

The Neuroradiology faculty is comprised of 6 full-time and 1 part-time radiologists, and work with 2 fellows per year.  The section provides clinical service at the Medical Center and outpatient care at Science Park and University Medical Imaging with state of the art equipment that includes 4 MRI scanners at the Medical Center, and 6 MRI scanners dedicated to outpatient care. 

Neuroradiology Rotations

  • General – This 6 month rotation encompasses general Neuroradiology and includes almost all types of imaging studies of brain, head and neck and spine. The section benefits from active clinical input from strong Neurosurgery, Neurology, Orthopedics and Otolaryngology programs within the URMC system as well as from various other clinical services.  This rotation provides exposure to the full range of Neuroradiology studies including CT, MRI, non-invasive CT and MR angiography.  The CT and MR perfusion studies, MR Spectroscopy and Diffusion tensor imaging studies are performed and interpreted every day along with routine neuroimaging.
  • Head and Neck – Approximately 1 month of outpatient imaging is dedicated to head and neck imaging which includes CT and MRI studies of  temporal bone, skull base face, and neck.
  • Spine, Head and Neck  Intervention – This 2 month rotation provides hands-on experience with diagnostic and therapeutic spine procedures such as myleograms, discograms, drainages, nerve root blocks, epidural steroid injections, facet blocks, lumbar drainage catheter placement, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty.  Extensive experience in a wide range of image guided biopsies of the spine, interverterbral discs, and paraspinal structures is also provided. This service also performs all types of head neck interventions.  Common procedures include all type biopsies, sialograms, dacrocystograms, and fluoroscopic evaluations.
  • Neuroangiography – Approximately 1.5 months is allocated to neuroangiography as well as diagnostic cerebral angiography, acute stroke care, carotid stenting, aneurysm coiling, vascular malformation treatment, and tumor embolization procedures. 
  • Pediatric Neuroradiology – The dedicated Pediatric Neuroradiology service at University of Rochester covering Strong Memorial and Golisano Children's Hospitals is run by the Neuroradiology and Pediatric radiology sections and is responsible for all pediatric neuroradiology studies in the form of study protocolling, monitoring as well as interpretation. In addition to the protected 1.5 month rotation, the fellow will participate throughout year in daily “Pediatric Neuroradiology Rounds” held with Pediatric Neurology in the Neuroradiology reading room.
  • Advanced Neuroimaging – This rotation consists of 1 month of advanced neuroimaging and PET CT/PET MRI. Fellows will learn post processing of all types of advanced imaging like Diffusion tensor imaging, tractography, MRI perfusion and functional MRI and will participate in paradigm selection and interpretation of functional MRI examinations.


Neuroradiology Research

With a Radiology infrastructure and mentorship in place, fellows are strongly encouraged to participate in research projects.  Milestones are addressed during the year, and 1 day weekly will be allowed for research opportunities conditional upon academic productivity.  Funded research time will be awarded as required by the funding source.

Didactic Training

Fellows are responsible for covering Head and Neck, Neurovascular, Neuro-Oncology, combined Neuroscience, and Pediatric Neuroradiology-Neurology Conference.  In addition, fellows are expected to participate in resident teaching and Journal Club, and attend departmental meetings and conferences.

Vacation Policy

Fellows are entitled to 22 days of vacation and 5 days for meetings per academic year.

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For more information about this fellowship program, send your correspondence to:
Fellowship Committee
Department of Imaging Sciences, Box 648
University of Rochester Medical Center
601 Elmwood Avenue
Rochester, New York 14642-8648
or, email Julie Bissonnette