The Division of Neuroradiology provides comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic imaging of the central nervous system (CNS) in adult and pediatric patients. This includes CT and MR imaging of the brain, spine, head and neck, temporal bone, sinuses, as well as functional imaging of the brain with both CT and MR. Diagnostic angiography and interventional neuroradiology are also provided by our interventional service.
The Department is equipped with state of the art imaging equipment including two 3-Tesla MRI units(Siemens Trio and Verio) and four 1.5-Tesla MRI units (Siemans Espree and Aera and two GE Signa HDxt ) and one low-field scanner for patients who have difficulty with conventional scanners. There are nine multi-detector CT scanners including six 64-slice scanners. CT perfusion imaging and CTA are performed routinely with a dedicated 3D lab for post-processing and analysis with Terra Recon, Leonardo and Advantage Windows works stations. Thin client versions are available for review both on campus and off site. Functional MRI including BOLD imaging, perfusion studies and spectroscopy are performed in both the main hospital and in our outpatient site in Burr Ridge, Illinois. Loyola University Medical Center is a busy level 1 Trauma Center with a large diverse volume of neuroradiology cases.
Neurointerventional services are offered in collaboration with neurosurgery and is performed in state-of-the-art angiography suites close to the emergency department with 24-hour in-house staffing to facilitate emergent patient management. Intra-cranial interventional cases include balloon dilatation for carotid stenosis and intracranial spasm, carotid stenting, transcatheter therapy for thrombolysis, particulate embolization for tumor and vascular abnormalities as well as occlusion of AVMs using injectable embolic agents, coiling of aneurysms, vertebroplasty, kyphoplasty and petrosal sinus sampling.
There is active collaboration with busy neurology, neurosurgery, ENT and oncology services providing a wide variety of clinical experience. Division members participate actively in five weekly multidisciplinary conferences and tumor boards including neurology, neurosurgery, neurovascular, ENT and neuro-oncology.
There is one ACGME-approved Neuroradiology Fellowship in Neuroradiology. The fellow is involved in the full gamut of neuroradiology procedures, including specialty imaging, spine procedures and biopsies, and diagnostic angiography. There are generally two residents on the service who work with the faculty and fellow to interpret all neuro-diagnostic studies as well as gain proficiency in basic techniques including biopsy, lumbar puncture and myelography. The service is also a popular one for medical students both from Loyola and other institutions. Neurology residents rotate through on their elective months.
Division members have special expertise in functional imaging, imaging in stroke, head and neck oncology, spine interventional procedures and interventional neuroradiology. Research interests include perfusion imaging in the evaluation of intracranial neoplasms; diffusion tensor imaging in the evaluation of traumatic brain injury, psychiatric disorders and intracranial neoplasms. Other areas of interest include: quantitative evaluation of brain volume in dementia, MR perfusion imaging in brain neoplasms after treatment and functional MRI in pre-operative planning.
The Neuroradiology Fellowship at Loyola University Medical Center, is a one year ACGME approved program which provides training in all areas of neuroradiology in both adult and pediatric patients. Education is provided through daily image interpretation, didactic lectures, attendance at multi-disciplinary conferences and supervised instruction in procedures including angiography, myelography, biopsies and interventional procedures. The program is designed to train outstanding neuroradiologists who are prepared to excel in either academic medicine or private practice and who are committed to a process of lifelong learning and education.
Fellowship training is at Loyola’s Maywood Illinois campus and our outpatient imaging center in Burr Ridge, Illinois. The majority of the year is spent in general neuroradiology rotations with broad exposure to all areas of modern Neuroradiology. Dedicated blocks are designed to provide concentrated exposure to head and neck radiology, spinal imaging, pediatric radiology, advanced imaging techniques and angiography/interventional neuroradiology. These blocks are generally scheduled as month long rotations, but can be modified to address special interests.
Loyola has a busy Otolaryngology department with broad exposure to all areas of head and neck imaging. There are two weekly multi-disciplinary conferences that the fellow will participate in and gain confidence in presenting and discussing imaging features as well as radiographic staging while working as an integral part of the treatment team. There is a busy skull base tumor service as well as pediatric and adult otology.
Fellows will also be involved with imaging in Neuro-oncology with advanced imaging techniques including fMRI, tractography and perfusion imaging. Weekly neuro-oncology conference provides a setting for presenting the imaging findings and learning the clinical and pathologic correlations that allow a comprehensive understanding of the significance of neuro imaging.
There is one Neuroradiology fellow each year with two radiology residents rotating on the service each month. Fellows participate in teaching the residents in both procedures and in supervising daily film reading. There is ample opportunity for research and fellows are required to participate in a research project as well as a QI project during the training period.
Applicants must have completed an ACGME residency program in Radiology and be eligible for certification by the American Board of Radiology as well as licensure in the state of Illinois. For further information on application requirements, please contact:
Neuroradiology Fellowship Coordinator
Jordan Rosenblum, M.D.
Medical Director, Neurointerventional Program
Medical Director, Neuroradiology
Sonia Bobra M.D. ,M.P.H.
- Diagnostic Radiology
Konrad Lebioda, M.D.
S. Renee Woods, M.D.