Neuroradiology Selective

The Neuroradiology Selective is offered to senior medical students with interest in neuroimaging.

As a part of the selective, the medical students will review CT and MRI examinations of the brain and spinal cord, as well as radiographic imaging of the axial skeleton. Additionally the students will review CT and MRI studies of the head and neck. The student will also be able to observe common procedures in neuroradiology, including cerebral angiography and spine biopsies.

During the 4-week selective, the students have rotations at three different sites. They will have exposure to emergency and trauma neuroimaging during their rotation at Los Angeles General Medical Center. During their rotations at Keck Medical Center and Health Care Consultation Center II (HCC 2), they will have more experience with oncologic and postoperative neuroimaging.

While full expertise in neuroradiology is not expected upon completion of the selective, medical students should become familiar with basic cross sectional imaging neuroanatomy on MRI and CT. The students are also expected to learn the most common clinical MRI sequences (T1WI, T2WI, FLAIR, DWI, and post contrast T1WI) and appropriate radiologic evaluations for common neurologic conditions.

Upon completion of the selective, students are also expected to be familiar with radiologic manifestations of the following conditions: hydrocephalus, intracranial hemorrhage, common facial and orbital injuries, intracranial neoplasms, intracranial infections and meningitis, common patterns of cerebral infarction, spinal cord compression, discitis/osteomyelitis, degenerative disease of the spine and fractures of the spine.

At the end of the selective, medical students will present a 5-7 min PowerPoint case presentation. It is suggested that during the first 2 weeks of the rotation students select an interesting neuroradiology case to be presented. In addition, students will write a short review of a current article of their choice in American Journal of Neuroradiology. The students will also be given a final test consisting of 10 CT and MR neuroanatomy questions and 10 clinical neuroradiology cases for interpretation.


Selective petitions can be obtained from:

Course Coordinator
Lucinda Arroyo
(323) 409-7677
Course Director
Reza Assadsangabi