Program description

Please review the overview description for all Advanced Radiology Fellowships at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona.

Imaging techniques are a crucial component in breast, endometrial and ovarian cancer screening and diagnosis. Training programs in breast and gynecologic imaging are commonly referred to as women's imaging fellowships.

Reflecting an increasing focus on cancer diagnosis and treatment, Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona offers a one-year Women's Imaging Fellowship under the instruction of specially trained radiologists whose clinical and research interests lie within breast and gynecologic imaging. Recognizing that many individuals with interests in women's imaging have other interests as well, the program allows fellows to supplement their training with electives in other body imaging areas for up to 50 percent of their clinical time.

Within radiology, the subspecialty area of breast imaging focuses on the interpretation and performance of screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided biopsies, preoperative needle localizations, stereotactic biopsies, ductography, PET scanning, sentinel node scintigraphy, and dedicated breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

The subspecialty area of gynecologic imaging focuses on the performance and interpretation of pelvic ultrasound and MRI examinations, fetal imaging with ultrasound and MRI, transvaginal ultrasound-guided interventional procedures, hysterosalpingography, and saline infusion sonohysterography.

There is high demand throughout the U.S. for radiologists with fellowship training in breast imaging and gynecologic imaging. One study, published in 1997, showed that graduates of radiology fellowships that incorporated some element of women's imaging in the curriculum experienced a 100 percent employment rate, compared with an 86 percent employment rate for graduates in all radiology fellowships in general for the same period.

The increasing number of women's health care courses and initiatives offered in both the educational and research arenas are indications that this trend will continue.

Program history

The Women's Imaging Fellowship at Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona began in 2002.

Aug. 18, 2016