Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Body Imaging Research Fellowship

The Department of Radiology at Northwestern University is accepting applications for a one- to two-year research associate position in the Section of Body Imaging to begin in July 2016. Ideal candidates have completed medical school and radiology residency.

The Radiology Department is filmless with a comprehensive Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a beautiful hospital in downtown Chicago and features a two floor state of the art outpatient imaging center that opened in 2009. We currently utilize 13 high field magnet systems including three3T magnets. We also have an interventional MR suite utilized for combined X-ray interventional MR procedures. We currently perform over 100 body/cardiovascular/musculoskeletal MR examinations per day. We perform over 10,000 abdominal and pelvic MR exams per year which is among the highest in the country. There are currently CT scanners in the department (including single and dual source 64-slice scanners, 40-slice PET/CT, multislice portable CT, and a 128-slice adaptive scanner).

The body imaging research program includes abdominal and pelvic MR cutting-edge techniques with CT correlation. Recent areas of research endeavors include evaluation of diffusion-weighted MR imaging of the abdomen including the liver, pancreas, kidney and adrenal glands. Another major research focus relates to MR elastography of the liver and other organs, including the ovaries, pancreas and kidneys, to assess for fibrosis. In addition, we have strong research collaborations with the interventional radiology section in assessment of post-therapy response following Yttrium 90 radioembolization and transarterial chemoembolization of hepatic tumors. Several NIH grants are currently being applied for related to MRE and post-therapy assessment. The research group includes physicians from radiology, hepatology, obstetrics/gynecology, PhD faculty, and postdoctoral students from biomedical engineering. The research associate is expected to publish papers in national journals, present abstracts at national meetings and work with the research group in applying for grants.

Prior research associates have published multiple papers, presented at national meetings, and obtained jobs in radiology and residencies in radiology programs. In addition, a one year visiting research fellowship is potentially available with similar application requirements and a letter from your sponsoring institution.

Application Requirements Application Requirements

All completed applications and supporting documentation should be addressed to:

Frank Miller, MD
Director, Body Imaging Section and Fellowship
Northwestern Memorial Hospital Department of Radiology
676 North St. Clair
Ste #800
Chicago, IL 60611

For information or assistance, contact:

Holly Harper
Administrative Assistant
phone: (312) 695-3755
fax: (312) 695-5645
e-mail: hharper@nm.org

WORK BY PREVIOUS RESEARCH FELLOWS

Ana Keppke:
Radiology Residency Fluminense Federal University, Brazil,
completed residency in radiology at Advocate Illinois Masonic
Medical Center following research

Publications

Miller FH, Keppke A, Dalal K, Kammler VA, Sica GT. MR imaging of pancreatitis and its complications: part 1, acute pancreatitis.  AJR 2004. 183: 1637-1644.

Miller FH, Keppke A, Wadhwa A, Ly JN, Dalal K, Kammler VA.  MR imaging of pancreatitis and its complications: part 2, chronic pancreatitis.  AJR 2004. 183:1645-1652.

Miller FH, Kraemer E, Dalal K, Keppke A, Huo E, Hoff FL.  Unexplained renal colic:  what is the utility of IV contrast.   Clinical Imaging. 2005; 29:331-336.

Miller FH, Rini N, Keppke A.  MR imaging of adenocarcinoma of the pancreas. AJR 2006; 187: W365-W374.

Herwick S, Miller FH, Keppke A.  MR imaging of islet cell tumors of the pancreas.  AJR Am J Roentgenol 2006; 187: W472-80.

Miller FH, Keppke AL, Yaghmai V, Gabriel H, Hoff F, Chowdhry A, Smith N. CT diagnosis of  chyluria following partial nephrectomy AJR Am J Roentgenol  2007: 188: W25-28.

Keppke AL, Salem R, Reddy DH, Huang J, Jin J, Larson A, Miller FH.  Imaging of
hepatocellular carcinoma after treatment with Yttrium-90 microspheres.  AJR. 2007: 188: 768-
775.  (see also commentary Welsh JS.  Radiographically identified necrosis after 90Y
microsphere brachytherapy: a new standard for oncologic response assessment? AJR. 2007:
188: 765-767.)

Miller FH, Keppke AL, Reddy DH, Huang J, Jin J, Mulcahy MF, Salem R.  Response of liver
metastases after treatment with Yttrium-90 microspheres: role of size, necrosis, and PET. AJR.
2007: 188:776-783

Keppke A, Miller FH.   MR imaging of the pancreas-the future is now.  Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR.  April 2005; 26 (3): 132-152.

Chapters and Reviews

Miller FH, Keppke A, Balthazar E.   Imaging Pancreatitis. In: RM Gore and MS Levine, eds. Textbook of Gastrointestinal Radiology Third Edition. W.B. Saunders 2008, 99: 1885-1914.

Presentations

Miller FH, Keppke A, Chowdhry AA, Dalal K.  Flip Flop Enhancement of the pancreas using
multiphasic MR and CT imaging.  American Roentgen Ray Society May 2-7,2004, Miami Beach,
FL

Miller FH, Keppke A, Reddy D, Mulcahy M, Salem R. Imaging Features of Hepatic Tumors
Treated by Yttrium-90 Microspheres (Therasphere).      Abdominal Radiology Course.  February 27-
March 4, 2005 in San Antonio, Texas. 

Keppke A, Miller FH, Reddy D, Mulcahy M, Salem R Evaluation of Imaging Response to
Yttrium-90 Microspheres (Therasphere).  American Roentgen Ray Society, New Orleans, LA,
May 15-20, 2005.

Miller FH, Keppke AL, Reddy DH, Huang J, Jin J, Mulcahy MF, Salem R. Imaging of liver
metastases treated with Yttrium-90 microspheres (Therasphere). Association of University Radiologists 54th Annual Meeting, April 5 – 8, 2006, Austin, TX

Miller FH, Keppke AL, Reddy DH, Huang J, Jin J, Larson A, Salem R.  Intra-arterial treatment
of hepatocellular carcinoma following treatment with Yttrium-90 microspheres: Use of criteria
besides RECIST.  Abdominal Radiology Course.  Society of GI and GU Radiology.  Bonita
Springs, Florida, April 15-20, 2007.

Miller FH, Keppke AL, Reddy DH, Huang J, Jin J, Larson A, Salem R.  Tumor response of
hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) following intra-arterial treatment with Yttrium-90 (90Y)
microspheres: use of criteria besides RECIST. Abdominal Radiology Course 2007. National
meeting of The Society of Gastrointestinal Radiologists and Society of Uroradiology and
European Society of Urogenital Radiology, April 15-20, 2007, Bonita Springs FL. 

Winner of Roscoe E. Miller Award for best scientific paper of Society of GI Radiology Meeting

Exhibits and Posters

Miller FH, Keppke A, Wadhwa A, Ly J, Dalal K, Kammler A.  MR imaging of chronicpancreatitis. Radiological Society of North America, December 2004, Chicago, IL.

Reddy D, Keppke A, Miller FH, Mulcahy M, Salem R.  Imaging Response of Unresectable

Liver Tumors to Yttrium-90 Microspheres (Therasphere), Association of University Radiologists
National Meeting.  May 4-7, 2005 Montreal, Quebec.

Miller FH, Keppke AL, Yaghmai V, Gabriel H, Hoff F, Chowdhry A, Smith N. CT diagnosis of
chyluria following partial nephrectomy.  Abdominal Radiology Course. Society of Genitourinary
and Society of Gastrointestinal Radiology Course February 26-March 3, 2006 Kauai, Hawaii

Yi Wang

Radiologist from China; worked on functional imaging including diffusion-weighted MRI, MR elastography
Publications

Miller FH,Wang Y, McCarthy RJ, Yaghmai V, Merrick L, Larson A, Berggruen S, Casalino DD, Nikolaidis P. Utility of diffusion-weighted MR Imaging (DWI) in characterization of adrenal lesions.  Am. J. Roentgenol 2010; 194: W179-W185.  PMID: 20093571

Miller FH, Hammond N, Siddiqi AJ, Shroff S, Khatri G, Wang Y, Merrick L, Nikolaidis P. Utility of diffusion-weighted MRI in distinguishing benign and malignant hepatic lesions. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2010 Jul;32(1):138-47.PMID: 20578020

Wang Y, Chen ZE, Nikolaidis P, McCarthy  R J, Merrick L, Sternick LA, Horowitz J, Yaghmai V, Miller FH.  Diffusion-Weighted MR Imaging of Pancreatic Adenocarcinomas: Association with Histopathology and Tumor Grade. Journal of magnetic resonance imaging : JMRI 2011 Jan; 33(1):136-42 PMID: 21182131

Wang Y, Ganger D, Levitsky J, Sternick LA, McCarthy RJ, Chen ZE, Fasanati CW, Bolster B, Shah S, Zuehlsdorff S, Omary R, Ehman RL, Miller FH.  Assessment of Chronic Hepatitis and Fibrosis: Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) and Diffusion-weighted Imaging (DWI).  AM J Roentgenol 2011;196 (3):553-61. PMID: 21343496

Wang Y, Miller FH, Chen Zongming E, Merrick L, Mortele K, Hoff FL, Hammond NA, Yaghmai V, Nikolaidis P. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging of solid and cystic lesions of the pancreas. Radiographics. 2011 (May); 31: E13-30. PMID: 21721197

Wang Y, Chen ZE, Yaghmai V, Nikolaidis P, McCarthy RJ, Merrick L, Miller FH. Diffusion-weighted MR imaging in pancreatic endocrine tumors correlated with histopathologic characteristic.  J Magn Reson Imaging JMRI 2011 33 (5) 1071-9. PMID 21509863

Lee VS, Miller FH, Omary RA, Wang Y, Ganger DR, Rao S, Levitsky J.  Magnetic resonance elastography and biomarkers to assess fibrosis from recurrent hepatitis C in liver transplant recipients.  Transplantation. 2011; 92 (5): 581-6PMID: 21822174.

Perumpail RB, Levitsky J, Wang Y, Lee VS, Karp J, Jin N, Yang GY, Bolster Jr. B, Shah S, Zuehlsdorff S, Nemcek Jr. AA, Larson AC, Miller FH, Omary RA. MRI-guided biopsy to correlate tissue specimens with MR elastography stiffness readings in liver transplants. Acad Radiology (in press).

Presentations

Miller FH, Wang Y, McCarthy R, Nikolaidis P, Salem R, Yaghmai V.  Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with portal vein tumor thrombosis (PVTT) response to Yttrium-90 radioembolization evaluated by functional MR.SGR scientific session of the 2009 Abdominal Radiology Course, March 15 – 20, 2009 in Maui, Hawaii.

Miller FH, Wang Y, McCarthy R, Yaghmai V, Merrick L, Berggruen S, Casalino DD, Nikolaidis P. Diffusion Weighted MR Imaging (DWI) in adrenal lesions: clinical applications.  SUR scientificsession of the 2009 Abdominal Radiology Course, March 15 – 20, in Maui, Hawaii.

Wang Y, Miller FH, McCarthy R, Nikolaidis P; Yaghmai V, Chen ZE. Solid Pancreatic Masses with Various Histopathologic Subtypes: Characterization with Diffusion-weighted MR Imaging (DWI).  Radiological Society of North America, December 2009, Chicago, IL

Miller FH, Wang Y, Sternick L, Ganger D, Omary R, Levitsky J, Bolster B, Zuehldorff S, Shah S, Ehman R.  Assessment of liver fibrosis: comparison of magnetic resonance elastography

(MRE) and diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI).  SGR scientific session of the 2010 Abdominal Radiology Course. February 21, 2010 Orlando FL

Miller FH, Wang Y, Chen Z, McCarthy R, Yaghmai V, Nikolaidis P, Merrick L, Sternick L. Pancreatic adenocarcinoma and pancreatic neuroendocrine carcinoma: grade of differentiation assessed by diffusion weighted imaging.  SGR scientific session of the 2010 Abdominal Radiology Course. February 21, 2010 Orlando FL

Miller FH, Wang Y, McCarthy RJ, Chen ZE, Sternick LA, Ganger DR, Ehman RL, Omary RA,  Levitsky J, Merrick L, Bolster B, Shah S, Zuehlsdorff  S, Yaghmai V, Nikolaidis P. Assessment of Liver Fibrosis: Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) and Diffusion-weighted Imaging (DWI). International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden 2010, May 4, 2010.

Perumpail R, Jin N, Wang Y, Lee V, Karp J, Bolster B, Shah S, Zuehlsdorff S, Ehman R, Nemcek A, Levitsky J, Larson A, Miller FH, Omary R. Real-time MR-guided Biopsies to Target Focal Hepatic Fibrosis Detected with Magnetic Resonance Elastography. International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) Meeting, Stockholm, Sweden  May 9, 2010

Perumpail RB, Wang Y, Lee V, Karp J, Bolster B, Shah S, Zuehlsdorff S, Ehman R, Nemcek A, Levitsky J, Larson A, Miller FH, Omary R. Real-time MR-guided Biopsies to Target

Focal Hepatic Fibrosis Detected with Magnetic Resonance Elastography. Society Interventional Radiology 35th Annual Scientific Meeting.  Journal of Vascular Interventional Radiology 2010; 21 (2) S26.

Exhibits and Posters

Schmidt PH, Miller FH, Yaghmai V, Casalino D, Harmath C, Wang Y, Merrick L, McCarthy R. Evaluation of the use of multi-detector row CT urography in the diagnosis of transitional cell carcinoma in the ureter. Medical Student Scientific Research Day. October, 2008

Lee V, Levisky J, Miller FH, Wang Y, Omary R.  Non-invasive testing for hepatic fibrosis in liver transplant recipients with hepatitis C virus.  Medical Student Scientific Research Day. October, 2009

Sternick LA, Miller FH, Wang Y, Merrick LB. Utility of magnetic resonance elastography in detecting and staging liver fibrosis. Medical Student Scientific Research Day. October, 2009 Perumpail RB, Levitsky J, Wang Y, Lee VS, Karp J, Jin N, Yang GY, Bolster Jr. B, Shah S, Zuehlsdorff S, Nemcek Jr. AA, Larson AC, Miller FH, Omary RA. MR Elastography of the Liver:

Real-time MRI-guided Biopsies to Target Focal Fibrosis. Medical Student Scientific Research Day.  Northwestern University. Chicago IL October , 2009 

Wang Y, Miller FH, Mccarthy R, Nikolaidis P; Chen ZE. Pancreatic cancer and inflammation: Characterization with Diffusion-weighted MR Imaging (DWI).  Radiological Society of North America, December 2009, Chicago, IL Recipient of Certificate of Merit. Recommended for publication Radiographics

Book Chapters

Yi Wang was fellow contributor to The Teaching Files: Gastrointestinal Radiology.  Expert Consultant Series. Online and Print Elsevier Health. Philadelphia.  2010.  Editors/Authors Dr. Frank Miller and Dr. Stephen Rubesin. 2010. 869 pages.

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312-695-3755

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