Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship



The Musculoskeletal (MSK) Radiology Fellowship is a one-year fellowship located at the main Northwestern University medical campus in downtown Chicago.  Fellows will have broad experience that focuses on non-spine MSK MRI, including study interpretation, protocols and troubleshooting; MSK ultrasound, MSK radiography and CT; and MSK image-guided procedures, including arthrography, bone and soft-tissue biopsies, spine and other palliative procedures.

The Radiology Department is filmless with comprehensive Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). Northwestern Memorial Hospital opened an inpatient hospital/ ambulatory care center on May 1, 1999, and subsequently opened a connected outpatient imaging center on January 18, 2009. Fellows are responsible for all aspects of study acquisition, interpretation and reporting, and will perform with graduated responsibility under the direct supervision of four subspecialty-trained musculoskeletal Radiologists. Our highly trained staff also includes full-time certified technologists and full-time RN coverage to help support the fellow.

We currently operate twelve high field magnet systems that include four 1.5T Avanto magnets with TIM (32 channel Total Imaging Matrix technology), two 3T Verio, one 3T Skyra and one 1.5T Aera magnets. In addition, there are four other clinical 1.5T magnets including Siemens Symphony, and three Siemens Espree scanners. At Northwestern, we perform between 25-55 non-spine musculoskeletal MR examinations per day. Trainees will gain further experience reading studies performed at an outpatient center in Munster, Indiana that performs between 2 and 8 additional MSK MRI and CT examinations daily.

Several MSK CT’s are performed daily, particularly to assess for trauma, post-operative complications or arthritis. We currently operate nine multi-detector CT scanners (Dual Source/ Dual Energy Siemens Sensation Cardiac 64, Siemens Definition 128, Siemens Sensation 16, and GE LightSpeed scanners). Fellows will become experienced in MSK CT protocol issues, troubleshooting and study interpretation.

Routine MSK ultrasound sessions are scheduled for 4 half days per week, and approximately 6-7 patients are seen per session. However, ultrasound examinations can be performed at other times depending on clinical urgency. Most MSK ultrasound procedures are acquired on one of the four high-resolution Phillips iU22 units we operate. Fellows will become comfortable interpreting diagnostic MSK ultrasound studies, as well as performing ultrasound-guided procedures.

Fellows will benefit from interdisciplinary interactions and formalized conferences in a variety of related clinical areas, including orthopedics/sports medicine, orthopedic oncology, physical and rehabilitation medicine, and rheumatology. We currently have several imaging conferences that contribute to fellow education. These include MSK interesting case conference; an “Arthroscopy-Radiology correlation conference” held once every 6 weeks; a biweekly multidisciplinary sarcoma conference that reviews many of the active extremity and retroperitoneal tumors seen by referrers at Northwestern; MSK journal club; and an MR physics conference. The fellow is also expected to be an active part of medical student and resident teaching on the rotations.

Additional educational opportunities such as performing dissections in the anatomy lab, or participating in orthopedic office hours can be arranged based on interest. Opportunities for clinical research are available, and fellows should expect to participate in at least one project that leads either to a presentation at a national radiology meeting or to publication.

The Musculoskeletal Radiology Fellowship currently has 2, one year positions. Applications for the fellowship will be accepted starting September 1, 2018.  If you are interested in applying to the Musculoskeletal Radiology fellowship program, please send the following requirements below.


Application Requirements

Program Director


Imran M. Omar, MD

Contact Us

Contact Julie Mihovilovich for additional information about our Musculoskeletal Fellowship. 

Julie Mihovilovich

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