Learn to perform imaging exams and gain an understanding of the physics, anatomy and pathology related to various neuroimaging modalities through our essential basic science rotation.

You will acquire the crucial knowledge and skill set you need to integrate various imaging tools into a comprehensive diagnostic process and effective neurological disease management.

Working in diverse care settings, you will develop your ability to choose, use and interpret several modalities, including:

  • skull X-ray
  • CT scan of the head and spine
  • cerebral angiography
  • brain MRI/MRA
  • MRI of the brain and spine

Our experienced neuroimagers will teach you to use imaging results — from diagnosis through follow-up — to:

  1. correlate findings with other clinical information, including the patient’s history, physical exam, related imaging and non-imaging studies, and lab results
  2. discern normal anatomy and identify pathology
  3. provide differential diagnoses for abnormalities
  4. recognize abnormal findings in incidentally imaged portions of the study, outside of the neuraxis
  5. formulate a referral or follow-up imaging plan

You also will learn how to safeguard your patients through state-of-the-art safety practices related to:

  • CT radiation
  • IV contrast reactions, such as contrast-induced nephropathy
  • implantable medical devices and ferromagnetic materials in the MRI imaging suite
  • nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

Comprehensive, Career-Focused Learning

As you gain experience, you will learn how imaging findings affect patient care and management, at times requiring quick follow-up decisions.

You will actively participate in case discussions about follow-up care and may help prepare preliminary reports. You also may convey results and communicate directly with referring physicians.

Complementing and enhancing your clinical skills, you will build a solid knowledge base of the basic sciences underlying neuroimaging procedures and findings, including physics and physiology, through our robust didactic training.

You will actively participate in relevant lectures and engage in reviewing interesting neuroimaging cases through our neuroimaging conference, facilitated by neuroimaging attending physicians and fellows.


Each day, you will typically review 40 to 50 neuroradiological studies, mostly brain and spine MRI, but also CT scans.

Year Taken

Length of Rotation

1 month

Clinical Sites

Various, including:

Team Members

  • neuroimaging specialists
  • neuroimaging fellows
  • radiologists
  • MRI technicians

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