Research Fellowship in Cardiac MR Imaging

Medical University Graz, Graz/Austria

The Division of General Radiology, Department of Radiology, Medical University of Graz, offers comprehensive, state-of-the-art diagnostic radiology for patients in the region of Styria/Austria. Special units include oncological imaging, breast and cardiac imaging. The Division provides experience in all aspects of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cardiac computed tomography (CT) in patient care, clinical studies, research projects, and multicenter clinical trials using modern 1.5T and 3T MRI, as well as dual source and 320 row cardiac CT. The current fellowship is assigned to the Cardiac-MRI team of the Division of General Radiology, which is an interlinked, joint working group of specialized radiologists, physicists, PhD students and MR-technologists providing high quality cardiac-MRI investigations, data evaluations and reports. Interdisciplinary pre-clinical, clinical and academic cardiac-MRI studies are performed in close cooperation with the Division of Pulmonology and Cardiology, both Departments of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz as well as the Graz University of Technology and Siemens Healthineers, enabling to use established cardiac-MRI routine as well as novel work-in-progress imaging and post-processing tools in well-defined patient groups and healthy subjects.   

Number of available places During 2019/2020 one place will be available for a recently board-certified radiologist, who is a Full or Corresponding member of ESR.


1.    This programme applies to radiologists within the first three years after certification.

2.    The candidate should wish to become a fellow or subspecialise in cardiac MR imaging.

3.    He/She should have knowledge of and a great interest in cardiac MR imaging as well as basic skills in image interpretation.

4.    He/She should also have an interest and basic skills in medical database handling and scientific presentations and publications.

5.    Advanced knowledge of the English language is required and basic knowledge of the German language is advantageous.

6.    The successful candidate will have to make himself/herself available for an interview via Skype.

7.    ESR membership fees for 2018 must be settled.

Please note that each candidate can ONLY apply for one ESOR fellowship programme and one of the available topics at once. 

Duration and funding The fellowship will start on November 1st, 2019 and will last for 12 months. The fellow has to ensure his/her availability for the exact period stated as any postponement is not possible. The fellow will receive a grant (€23.000,-) from the training centre, which will be paid out via ESOR on a monthly basis.

Programme structure

The fellow will be integral part of interdisciplinary, interuniversity clinical and explorative studies which focus on two main topics:

1. Evaluation and implementation of non-invasive MR-derived indices for in-vivo assessment of hemodynamic parameters in the heart and surrounding vessels: besides development of imaging strategies to define normal 4-dimensional cardiac and cardiovascular blood flow, the identification of pathology-associated blood flow patterns and their correlation with myocardial injuries and cardiac function are studied in various research projects in cooperation with the Division of Pulmonology and Cardiology, Department of Internal Medicine, Medical University of Graz.
2. Investigation of novel emerging cardiac-MRI techniques: in cooperation with the Graz University of Technology and Siemens Healthineers, feasibility and applicability of work-in-progress imaging and data evaluation strategies are evaluated in normal subjects as well as in well-defined patient groups.

During the fellowship the fellows will be introduced into routine cardiac-MRI data interpretation and evaluation, including left/right ventricular and atrial function, myocardial strains, and advanced myocardial tissue analysis from late Gadolinium enhancement imaging, T1, T2 and ECV mapping. Beyond routine evaluation, assessment and comparison of cardiac and myocardial makers derived from novel work-in-progress imaging and data evaluation software will enable the fellow to write a paper as well as to prepare scientific contributions for international conferences.

A detailed individual programme is determined at the beginning of the fellowship in consultation with the fellow.

Certification After successful completion of the one-year fellowship the fellow receives a certificate from ESR/ESOR and Medical University Graz. In order to receive this, the fellow must present a written report about his/her work and activities during the programme.

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About ESOR

... an established and growing institution, fulfilling the mission of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) in the field of education.

                     Anastas Doreski, Skopje/MK

            Enrique F. Garces-Inigo, Albacete/ES

         Bruno Hochhegger, Porto Alegre/BR

            Saulius Rutkauskas, Kaunas/LT
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