Clinical Training

The PET/CT Imaging Fellowship at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Ariz., maximizes your PET experience, while still maintaining emphasis on all aspects of chest/abdomen/pelvis cross-sectional imaging and intervention.

You will gain supervised experience in the application, performance and interpretation of PET, CT, MR and ultrasound examinations, as they are applied to investigate a wide variety of disease processes, especially cancer.

You will work one-on-one with consultants who have broad cross-sectional imaging experience and who have specialized expertise and interest in:

  • Nuclear imaging
  • Body MRI and MR angiography (MRA)
  • Musculoskeletal imaging and intervention
  • CT angiography
  • Imaging-guided tumor biopsy and radiofrequency ablation
  • Ultrasound


Nuclear Medicine
You will interpret PET and PET/CT studies, and understand the strengths and limitations of PET in the evaluation of the oncology patient.

You will have one-on-one didactic and practical training with faculty who have board certification in both diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine. You will learn and understand the rules for reimbursement of PET imaging studies by Medicare, which is essential knowledge for establishing a successful PET/CT practice after graduation.

You will also further your ability to interpret a wide variety of other nuclear imaging studies.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging
You will interpret a wide variety of cases, with more than 16,000 clinical MRI examinations performed annually at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale . You will learn to optimize MR image quality and select appropriate protocols for clinical problem solving.

In addition, you will be exposed to and help develop advanced sequences, including functional MR, parallel imaging, EXCITE technology, diffusion imaging and MRA, as well as newer contrast agents.

Computed Tomography
You will expand and refine basic skills acquired as you are exposed to many of the 31,000+ body CT examinations performed annually at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale. Your training will include experience with CT colonography, CT angiography, CT perfusion, HRCT (high resolution computed tomography), CT coronary artery angiography and calcium screen, as well as familiarity with CT 3D reconstruction and advanced post-processing techniques on GE Advantage workstations.

You will learn to image and interpret a broad range of cases. There are more than 21,000 ultrasound examinations performed annually at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale . You will also become adept with CT and ultrasound intervention. There are more than 3,200 imaging guided interventional procedures performed annually at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale.

Didactic Training
Clinical conferences, seminars and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of the PET/CT Imaging Fellowship.

There are weekly radiology case conferences and formal lecture presentations, which you will present on a rotating basis with the consultant staff.

Complete audiovisual facilities, including computerized slide capabilities, are available to help you prepare your educational presentations.

The department will fund registration and travel expenses for attendance at one domestic radiology meeting of your choosing, with approval from the program director.

Research Training
Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. You will participate in primarily clinical-based research projects with the consulting staff.

During the fellowship, you will be encouraged to participate in the development of a manuscript suitable for presentation. Publication of research in peer-reviewed journals is encouraged.

Case Studies
During your training you will be encouraged to prepare case study presentations as part of the weekly faculty conference. In those case studies, you will present the pertinent information of an interesting case and conduct an in-depth discussion of that case.

Teaching Opportunities
You will have the opportunity to teach other radiology trainees and staff, as well as residents and staff from other departments who rotate through and interact with the Radiology Department.

Call Frequency
You will be responsible for a total of five weeks of call during the fellowship. Mayo Clinic follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your fellowship. Your supervising faculty will evaluate you formally on a quarterly basis. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.