Cardiovascular Imaging

The Advanced Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging is a one-year training opportunity approved by the UF Graduate Medical Education Committee. The program is open to Cardiology fellows and Radiology residents after completion of their respective general training. This program is jointly operated by the UF Cardiac Imaging group and is sponsored by the Department of Radiology and Division of Cardiology. Dr. David Wymer and Dr. David Winchester are Co-Directors of the Cardiac Imaging group and the fellowship.

The fellowship is funded by the Advanced Imaging Section of the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center which offers generous exposure to cardiac imaging. Clinical imaging techniques include MRI, SPECT, PET, CT, and echo. Myocardial viability testing is done with MRI, FDG PET, or thallium SPECT. CT coronary angiography is performed on a 320-detector CT scanner capable of low-radiation dose prospective scanning and will soon have the capacity for dual-energy scans permitting novel imaging techniques such as myocardial perfusion. MR protocols are in regular use for infiltrative diseases, viability, and valve assessment. We offer trainees the opportunity to gain experience supervising the use of body MR protocols in patients with certain implanted cardiac devices (pacemakers and defibrillators). Ischemia testing is done with technetium SPECT and Rubidium PET with coronary flow reserve. Additional training in echocardiography is available through Cardiology.

Fellows are expected to participate daily in the acquisition and interpretation of all clinical studies. Training plans are tailored to meet the needs and goals of each fellow, with the potential to achieve COCATS Level 3 training in any modality the fellow is interested in. Additional scholarly expectations include quality improvement activity and providing didactic training for residents and fellows. For additional information please contact Dr. Wymer or Dr. Winchester.