The Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship Programme at AKUH covers all of the disciplines of diagnostic neuroradiology including head (intracranial), ENT/head and neck (extra cranial), paediatrics and spine. The programme takes place in a high-volume academic environment.
Through this one-year programme you will receive training in all aspects of neuroradiology imaging, including plain films, ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. You will also observe neurovascular angiography and intervention procedures.
The Diagnostic Neuroradiology Fellowship prepares you for subspecialty practice or an academic career in neuroradiology. The fellowship programme provides a well-balanced clinical, research and teaching curriculum. It is the first of its type in the country and would provide a means of increasing skilled professionals in this field. This in turn would help in promoting neuroradiology in this country.
Trainees will be supervised directly by neuroradiologists. Faculty is always available for supervision, assistance and consultation.
The overall goal is to prepare the fellow in training to become a competent and independently practicing neuroradiologist in a clinical or academic/research setting. The neuroradiology fellow, upon completion of training, should be familiar with the topics in the core curriculum. The fellow is expected to build upon information mastered during residency training. The fellow should be able to independently interpret CT, MR imaging, ultrasound of the central nervous system and vessels, plain film radiography related to the brain, head, neck, and spine as well as cerebral angiography.
They should also be conversant with advanced imaging techniques such as magnetic resonance spectroscopy and functional neuroimaging, and with basic issues in clinical neurosurgery, neurology, neuropathology, neuro-otolaryngology, neuro-ophthalmology, and the basic radiologic sciences, to include radiation MR physics, radiation biology, and the pharmacology of radiographic contrast materials.
Fellows should be active participants in inter-departmental conferences, institutional conferences, local extramural conferences, and national meetings. They will prepare clinical or pathologically proved cases for inclusion in institutional teaching files, and will participate in daily ‘film reading' sessions: they should be able to formulate reasonable diagnostic conclusions and differential diagnoses under the supervision of staff and faculty.
Fellow should be able to generate a cogent consultation report on case material, and be able to critically discuss recent radiologic literature and where possible, undertake investigative studies of either a clinical or basic science nature.
Trainees must have completed a four-year residency in Diagnostic Radiology at an institution accredited by CPSP and must have cleared FCPS Parts I and II in Diagnostic Radiology or any equivalent examination.
Duration of training
This is a one-year programme leading to Fellowship in Neuroradiology.
The programme offers the opportunity for fellows to perform, consult, conduct, and interpret, under close supervision, procedures in neuroradiology. The procedures shall include CT, MR imaging, ultrasound of the central nervous system and vessels and plain film radiography related to the brain, head, neck, and spine. With regard to invasive neurovascular and interventional procedures, fellows will be given a chance to observe a good number of such procedures performed by the vascular and interventional radiology team.
Clinical and educational experience in the basic clinical neurosciences, e.g. neurosurgery, neurology, neuropathology, neuro-otolaryngology, and neuro-ophthalmology, and in the basic radiological sciences, e.g. radiation and MR physics, radiation biology, and the pharmacology of radiographic contrast materials will be reviewed on an ongoing basis. AKUH has strong clinical services in neurological surgery and neurology and makes our neuroradiology programme even stronger.
The programme in neuroradiology provides a sufficient volume and variety of patients with neurological, neurosurgical, neuro-ophthalmologic, neuro-otorhinolaryngologic, spinal, and other pertinent disorders so that fellows gain adequate experience in the full gamut of neuroradiologic examinations, procedures, and interpretations. The programme provides an adequate volume and variety of non-invasive neuroradiologic examinations, e.g. CT, MR, and plain film studies and invasive procedures, e.g. neuroangiography, DSA, and therapeutic embolisation.
In addition to clinical procedures, the programme offers several intradepartmental and interdepartmental conferences in which fellows participate on a regular basis. There is a Neuroradiology/Neurology/Neuro-surgery Conference weekly during which problem cases are discussed with input from all services. A similar conference aimed at the residents from these services is also held on a weekly basis. There is also a monthly Neurosciences grand round. Fellows are encouraged to present the radiological aspects of cases that are discussed in clinical conferences related to the allied disciplines, such as neurosurgery and the neurological sciences. They should also prepare clinically or pathologically proved cases for inclusion in the teaching file. Fellows should attend at least one national meeting or postgraduate course in neuroradiology while in training. Diagnostic reports generated by fellows will be closely reviewed for content, level of confidence, grammar, and style.
The fellow is required to do at least one original research project leading to a published paper in a peer reviewed journal. The trainee will also have to submit two completed audits and would have to present a scientific paper at any national/ international meeting.
The trainee will teach residents and medical students informally on a daily basis during review and dictation of studies performed.
Dr Muhammad Nadeem Ahmad
MBBS, MCPS, FCPS
Chief Operating Officer - AKUH
Dr Zafar Sajjad
MBBS, MRCP, FRCR
Chairman Department of Radiology
Dr. Muhammad Azeemuddin
MBBS, MCPS, FCPS
Neuroimaging Fellowship Programme Director
Dr Fatima Mubarak
Dr M. Kamran Kamal
MBBS, Diplomate American Board of Radiology