Residents work closely with staff physicians on each rotation. Most rotations have junior residents paired with a senior resident.
In the new Outpatient Diagnostic Center, residents will rotate through body imaging and musculoskeletal (MSK) radiology. This body imaging rotation incorporates CT, Ultrasound and MRI. MSK will include MRI, CT and plain films performed in the Outpatient Center.
All other rotations will take place in the main department. The Neuroradiology experience includes acute hospital imaging to support our very busy stroke and neurosurgery program as well as highly advanced outpatient neuroimaging.
Our inpatient and outpatient Ultrasound rotations include high volumes including transplant and vascular ultrasound. Ultrasound at Ochsner has long been considered a great strength of our department, aided by extensive collaboration with the transplant team.
Emergency Radiology and the Chest rotation both will incorporate high volumes of CT scans and plain films, working closely with staff specialists.
The Breast Imaging rotation is performed in the newly renovated Tansey Breast Center, located in our new Benson Cancer Center, which is part of the OMC Complex. The Tansey Breast Center offers multidisciplinary, patient centered care. Residents have broad exposure in digital mammography, tomosynthesis, hands-on breast ultrasound, and breast MRI, including performance of biopsies using all modalities.
Interventional Radiology has become a major strength of the Ochsner residency, where residents work directly with staff in a busy, high level department with many well-trained Body and Neuro Interventionalists supporting OMC’s top ranked transplant department, comprehensive stroke center and growing cancer services. Residents participate in body and neuro IR cases. The residency offers the Early Specialization in Interventional Radiology (ESIR) pathway, allowing residents to enter advanced one-year positions in independent IR programs. An Independent IR Residency Program with two positions is starting July 2022.
The Nuclear Medicine program is growing, as Ochsner has built a new Cyclotron and is investing heavily in cancer services. Pediatrics, fluoroscopy and plain film radiography are all performed in the main department as well.
Residents also participate in evening and night rotations where they interpret acute hospital and Emergency Department scans. There is complete 24/7/365 staff coverage interpreting imaging studies with residents after hours and on weekends.