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Application for 2021 CLOSED

Evaluation Committee

R. Budde
G.P. Krestin

Clinical/Research Fellowship in Cardiovascular Imaging

Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam/Netherlands

The department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at the Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands (head: Prof.Dr. G.P. Krestin) performs comprehensive cardiovascular imaging and scientific research. Imaging is performed using state-of-the-art imaging equipment, including a third generation dual-source CT scanner and latest generation MRI scanner. The candidate will be exposed to the entire spectrum of cardiovascular imaging including: CT and MRI of acquired and congenital heart disease, Duplex ultrasonography, as well as nuclear cardiac imaging (SPECT, PET). Advanced imaging techniques are readily available and performed including T1 and T2 mapping, perfusion imaging (CT and MRI), 4D flow, dynamic valve imaging as well as FFR-CT.

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Number of available places

During 2021/2022 one place will be available for a recently board-certified European radiologist holding citizenship of an EU country.


  1. This exchange programme applies to European radiologists within the first three years after certification
  2. The candidate should wish to become a fellow or subspecialise in cardiovascular imaging.
  3. He/She should have excellent knowledge of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology as well as basic skills in image interpretation of the region.
  4. He/She should also have an interest and basic skills in medical database handling and scientific presentations and publications.
  5. Knowledge of the English or Dutch language (level B1) is a definite prerequisite.
  6. The successful candidate will have to make himself/herself available for an interview via Skype.
  7. ESR membership fees for 2020 or 2021 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 in 2021 (exact date to be determined together with candiate) 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 first focus on gaining a thorough understanding and knowledge of CT and MRI image acquisition and post-processing using various software packages (e.g. SyngoVia, Intellispace Portal and Medis). This can be combined with participation in one of the multiple research projects on cardiovascular imaging if desired. The fellow will be actively involved in clinical work including the reading of cardiac and vascular imaging studies and preparation of preliminary reports in English that are discussed with an experienced staff radiologist.

Study types include, but are not limited to:

  • Coronary CT (including myocardial perfusion and FFR-CT)
  • CT for TAVI planning and follow-up
  • Advanced valve assessment (CT and MRI)
  • CT for pulmonary vein isolation planning
  • CT and MRI of congenital heart disease (including 4D flow)
  • MRI for cardiomyopathy assessment (including T1 and T2 mapping)
  • CT and MRI for assessment of aortic disease and interventions (including (T)EVAR)
  • PET-CT for cardiac infection
  • The fellow will attend various weekly clinical meetings

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


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