The Body Imaging Fellowship in the Diagnostic Imaging division is a 12-month program. With 5 fellows learning from more than 55 Abdominal Imaging faculty members, the program offers extensive experiences in cross-sectional oncologic imaging that includes CT, MRI, ultrasound and PET/CT imaging. Fellows are given the opportunity to perform CT/US guided deep biopsy procedures, if they elect to. Additional electives at affiliated institutions in the Texas Medical Center, such as Memorial Hermann and Houston Methodist hospitals, to allow the fellow the opportunity to broaden their exposure to non-oncological imaging. Fellows are provided academic time to participate in multidisciplinary tumor board conferences and research activities.
State of the art equipment includes
- 38 CT scanners
- 31 MRI scanners
- 9 PET/CT scanners
- 1 PET/MRI scanner
The Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI) allows for true bench-to-clinic research with highly trained medical/research professionals and dedicated research imaging equipment.
- To educate trainees in the advanced interpretation of CT, MRI, and Ultrasound examination of the body and in the performance of ultrasound and CT guided procedures
- To educate trainees in the biology, treatment, and recurrence patterns,of malignant tumors, particularly as they are reflected in body imaging studies.
- To provide an opportunity for academic research using the case material and resources of MD Anderson.
The Diagnostic Radiology Body Imaging Fellowship is a 12-month training program
The trainee will spend his or her time approximately equally divided among the areas of CT, MRI and ultrasound. In CT and MRI, responsibilities will include protocol design for patient studies and occasional monitoring of studies for patient safety and diagnostic accuracy; however, the majority of the time will be spent in the interpretation of clinical cases. The studies will all be reviewed by a faculty member but will then be dictated by the fellow. Graded responsibility will be given over the year for the consultation service with clinicians. In addition, expectations for the number of cases prepared and read should increase over the year.
In ultrasound, the fellow will scan cases after the technologist and will present the findings to the faculty who may or may not re-scan the patient. The findings will then be reviewed and dictated by the fellow. After sufficient training on phantoms and demonstration of acceptable level of proficiency, the fellow will perform ultrasound guided needle biopsies under the direct supervision of the ultrasound faculty. There will also be opportunity for the fellow to supervise portable ultrasound studies on the wards. In addition, the fellow may rotate for one month on the Vascular/interventional service to plan and perform CT and US guided biopsies and for one month on the PET/CT service. Elective rotations in MRI, musculoskeletal, neuroradiology and thoracic imaging will also be available at MD Andersonand through affiliation with Memorial Hermann and Houston Methodist. The fellow has the option to do additional electives both within and outside MD Anderson.
Abdominal imaging faculty will provide supervision on all cases interpreted by a trainee. Procedures will initially be closely supervised; however, it is expected that less faculty involvement will be required as the year progresses.
In addition, part of the “academic day” will be spent preparing for a weekly clinical conference; i.e., reviewing the films and the patient histories with the assigned faculty to that conference and attending and/or presenting the cases at the conference. The Melanoma, Rectal, Pancreas, Liver and Colorectal conferences have been chosen as the fellows’ responsibility, and the trainees will rotate through all four during the year.
The trainee is responsible for “call” on a rotating basis, but no more frequently than every third or fourth weekend. This involves coverage of all Emergency CT, US exams, CT Head and Neck. All trainees in Diagnostic Radiology will participate in the on-call pool.
Trainees must have completed an ACGME approved (or equivalent) residency training program in Diagnostic Radiology. All trainees must be able to obtain an appropriate permit or license issued by the Texas Medical Board. Foreign applicants must be board certified in their country of origin and must have received ECFMG certification and must be able to obtain an appropriate visa. Applicants must have received USMLE certification (or equivalent) and passed Steps 1, 2CK, 2CS (if applicable), and 3.
Each applicant is reviewed by the program director of body imaging with the consultation of other faculty members in the department. Top applicants, chosen on the basis of their credentials and letters of recommendation, are invited for a formal interview.
Interviews will take place over a half day and include participation of the staff. Applicants will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and current fellows. The final selection of fellows is made in a series of joint meetings of all staff members.
How to Apply
Applications will be accepted for academic year 2025-2026 starting November 1, 2023 and interviews will be completed beginning January 2024 as per the SCARD guidelines.
Submit your Body Imaging Fellowship application.
Required application documents for preliminary review:
- Curriculum Vitae
- Medical school transcript
- USMLE and/or Complex transcript
- Three additional letters of recommendation (one from current residency program director)
- Personal statement
- Recent photograph
- Interviews will be required
Additional documents for foreign medical school graduates:
Note: Documents in a language other than English must be submitted with certified translation.
- ECFMG certificate
Additional documentation may be required before a candidate can be appointed.
Sample contract for prospective trainees
View a sample contract for prospective trainees.
Benefits at MD Anderson
Compensation: GME Stipend Levels
Vacation: 4 weeks per year with flexibility on choice of vacation time.
Fitness Facilities: Free access to the 16,000 square foot institutional fitness center with strength-training cardiovascular equipment, yoga, spin and group exercise rooms. Free group classes are offered in person, live on Zoom, and on demand. Personal trainers are normally available for a fee.
Benefits: Complete benefits package that includes medical, dental and disability insurance, a parking subsidy, institutional cell phone and laptop. Please see Graduate Medical Education Trainee Manual for full details.
Parental/Family Leave: In concordance with ACGME requirements, we provide up to six weeks of paid parental and family leave during training.
Tobacco restrictions: MD Anderson is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying
for a GME fellowship or residency program, please be advised that MD Anderson has instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. Read more on the Information for GME Applicants page.
More information for applicants.
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MD Anderson is located in the world’s largest medical complex, the Texas Medical Center. In addition, Houston is the fourth-largest and most diverse city in the United States, with something to offer for everyone. Read more about why you should choose Houston.
Facts about Houston
- Fourth most populous city in the United States with an estimated 2.3 million residents in the city limits and more than 6 million living in the Greater Houston metro area.
- Houston has the fourth-largest economy in the country with a nominal gross area product of $522.9 billion.
- The Greater Houston area boasts the third-lowest cost of living among the top 20 most populous metro areas in the country.
- Two major award-winning airports serve the Houston area: George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and William P. Hobby Airport (HOU). Together they provide nonstop service to 190 domestic and international destinations on 25 airlines.
- Houston ranked #11 in America’s Best Cities in 2020, list.
- Houston has a vibrant visual art and performance arts culture and is a mecca with hundreds of institutions that showcase artistic expression, history, culture, nature, and science including:
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- Children’s Museum of Houston
- Holocaust Museum Houston
- Houston Zoo
- Menil Collection
- Houston Museum of African American Culture
- And many others.
- Houston has many prized sports teams with world-class teams including:
- 14 major institutions of higher learning (and others)
- The fourth most populous city in the country also has the fourth-largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Twenty-two companies in the Houston area are on the 2020 Fortune 500 list.
- Parks and Recreation
- Culinary capital of the world! Eat your way through Houston.
Facts about the Texas Medical Center
- Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. About 106,000 people work within its facilities including close to 22,000 at MD Anderson alone. TMC is also building a new world-class life science campus called TMC3, a first-of-its-kind translational research initiative.
- Altogether, 7.2 million patients visit Texas Medical Center institutions each year, with MD Anderson recording more than 1.3 million outpatient clinical visits, treatments and procedures.
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Sanaz Javadi, M.D.
Division of Diagnostic Imaging, Unit 1476
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Blvd.
Houston, TX 77030
Department of Diagnostic Imaging - Education
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler Street, Unit 1476
Houston, TX 77030
MD Anderson Cancer Center is committed to encouraging good health and staying true to our mission to end cancer. If you are applying for a GME fellowship or residency program starting on or after July 1, 2016, please be advised that MD Anderson will have instituted a tobacco-free hiring process as part of its efforts to achieve these goals. If you are offered an appointment, you will be subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Screen for tobacco compounds in compliance with applicable state laws. If you do not pass the urine drug screening which includes testing for tobacco compounds, you CANNOT be appointed at MD Anderson. Should you fail to meet this contingency, MD Anderson will withdraw your offer of appointment for the academic year. You may reapply for the following academic year, but there are no guarantees that you will be offered a position as many of our programs are already filled for several years out.