Training Experience

For independent pathway residents, training will consist of 1 or 2 years of dedicated IR training.

For integrated pathway residents, IR will be the focus in the last 2 years of training. In the PGY 2-4 years, the core curriculum will focus on diagnostic radiology. For more information about the diagnostic curriculum, please see the dedicated Diagnostic Radiology Residency website.

Residents will gain a wealth of clinical experience when they train with the Division of Interventional Radiology at Henry Ford Hospital. We perform more than 13,000 studies annually. A wide variety of procedures are performed including:

  • Complex vascular interventions, angioplasty and stenting
  • Thrombolysis, both traditional catheter directed and ultrasound accelerated
  • Pulmonary embolism thrombolysis and thrombectomy
  • IVC filter placement
  • Thrombectomy (including AngioVac and Penumbra Indigo)
  • Portal hypertension: TIPS, BRTO
  • Biliary interventions (including transplant patients)
  • Urologic interventions (including transplant patients)
  • Interventional Oncology
    • Bland embolization, chemoembolization, radioembolization
    • Prostate artery embolization
    • Image-guided tumor ablations: microwave, radiofrequency, cryoablation and irreversible electroporation (NanoKnife)
  • Women’s Health
    • Uterine fibroid embolization
    • Fallopian tube recanalization
    • Pelvic congestion syndrome embolization
  • Venous sampling: parathyroid, adrenal and renal
  • Cross sectional procedures: biopsy, drainage
  • Venous access

There are eight fellowship-trained, subspecialty-certified Interventional Radiology staff physicians.

We have a full staff of experienced technologists and nurses. We also have three advanced practice providers who participate in all aspects of patient care including outpatient clinic, interdisciplinary conferences, and inpatient rounds. The vast majority of PICC placements are done outside of the department by a team of dedicated radiology nurses.

Henry Ford Hospital is equipped with state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology equipment providing residents with the necessary tools to achieve the best training experience possible. Our six angiographic suites include a Siemens Axiom Artis dTA and a GE Innova 4100 (both flat-panel detector units). The most recent addition to the department is a Phillips FD-20 single plane angiographic unit with an advanced Interventional Oncology package – the first implemented in the United States. Five DSA angiographic units are single plane and one biplane. Interventional Radiology has 6 dedicated real time ultrasound units, 2 hand held Doppler, and 20 physiologic monitors. The interventional radiology department houses a 14-bed preoperative and recovery area as well as a dedicated clinic space for outpatient visits.

Our outpatient clinic experience is robust with 887 total visits in 2015. Of these visits, 340 were new consultations.

Interventional radiology residents receive graded responsibility in pre and post-procedure evaluation as well as in the performance of interventional procedures and are involved in the teaching of rotating house officers and medical students. Residents also work closely with vascular and transplant surgery services as well as urology, nephrology, gastroenterology, and other departments. In addition to weekly divisional case/teaching conferences and tumor board, residents participate in The Michigan Society of Interventional Radiology meetings, journal club meetings and interdepartmental conferences.

Upon completion of the program, residents will have gained exposure to a broad-based interventional radiology experience and will have developed the skill set necessary to practice comfortably and independently in a variety of radiology practice settings.

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