Neuroradiology Rotation

Educational Objectives (PGY 3-4)


  • Develop an organized strategy for review of cross-sectional neuro-imaging of the brain and spine (including MRI, CT, and CT angiography)
  • Understand the potential impact and relative risks of radiation exposure in neuro-imaging studies
  • Describe the role and limitations of neuro-imaging in development of differential diagnosis and treatment planning in patients with brain and spine tumours
  • Describe the role of neuro-imaging in assessment of patients with cerebrovascular diseases including aneurysms, vasospasm, vascular malformations, intracranial hemorrhage, stroke and extracranial carotid stenosis
  • Describe the role and limitations of neuro-imaging in diagnosis and treatment planning in patients with degenerative spine disease
  • Describe the role of endovascular treatment in the management of ruptured and unruptured intracranial aneurysms and understand the limitations of this therapeutic option
  • Assess and facilitate management of patients with acute stroke being considered for endovascular therapy
  • Perform the technical skills in the angiography suite:
    1. Groin puncture and insertion of access sheath
    2. Navigation of wire and catheter during angiography and endovascular procedures


  • Communicate the findings of neuro-imaging studies with the clinical team directly when appropriate


  • Work/collaborate effectively as a member of the neuro-radiology team
  • Work with the neurosurgical resident team to co-manage patients who have undergone endovascular treatment
  • Actively participate in educational activities and teaching
  • Listen and respond appropriately to concerns of other health care providers


  • Manage own time, education and personal life to ensure balanced lifestyle


  • Recognize and respond to determinants of health in patients with neurosurgical diagnoses.
  • Contribute to overall patient well-being and outcome


  • Develop and execute scholarly projects in the field of neurosurgery, basic neuroscience and/or medical education
  • Participate in weekly rounds/educational activities and journal club.
  • Present educational content to other residents and medical students including participate in presenting the radiology component in correlative rounds
  • Identify and seek out personal learning needs related to cases encountered on the neuroradiology service
  • Apply principles of critical appraisal to medical information
  • Acquire knowledge in research methods and statistics.


  • Foster collegial relationships with staff and residents, neuroscience nurses and other allied health professionals
  • Exhibit appropriate professional behaviors in practice, including honesty, integrity, commitment, compassion, timeliness, respect and altruism
  • Show appropriate respect for opinions of other health care providers
  • Be able to appraise and identify own limits with respect to knowledge and patient care, and when to ask for assistance and consult effectively.

Expectations of the rotation:

  • Maintain a logbook of all procedures (including angiography)