Neuroimaging has become an integral tool for the diagnosis and management of patients with neurological disorders. All trainees need to gain a clear understanding of the indications, limitations, and medical and surgical implications of the findings in neuroimaging studies. This includes an understanding of the pathophysiology of neurological diseases and the ability to interpret neuroimaging studies and to use these data to select cases for various medical, surgical, and endovascular treatments. All trainees must also have a basic understanding of radiation physics, radiation safety, fluoroscopy and radiologic anatomy, and basic principles of using contrast agents.
The Residents and Fellows Section of the Journal of Neuroimaging is a new addition to the journal that aims to provide a resource for trainees in neurology, neurosurgery, pathology, and radiology, as well as other practitioners interested in pursuing a career in neuroimaging. The section is designed to be a well organized and readily accessible resource for day to day practice questions with high resolution teaching images.
1. To provide a practical and well organized source of basic and clinical knowledge of neuroimaging for trainees in neurology, neurosurgery, pathology, and radiology, as well as other practitioners interested in pursuing a career in neuroimaging.
2. To provide a ccomprehensive review of the existing literature relevant to neuroimaging based on literature search supplemented by personal knowledge prepared by leading experts.
3. To provide updates on technological advancement in the field of neuroimaging
4. To provide a training platform for high quality manuscript writing
1. Topic Review Series
These will be mostly invited articles from nationally recognized experts in the field. The articles will cover the relevant basic sciences such as anatomy and physics as well as the relevant clinical knowledge necessary for practice. The series will be started with topics discussing the basic concepts of different MRI sequences. Below is a list of the suggested topics to be covered. Given the rapid advances in the field of neuroimaging, most of the topics will be revisited every 1-3 years for updates as deemed needed by our editorial staff. Topic review articles will cover different neuroimaging modalities such as computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, carotid ultrasound, transcranial doppler ultrasound and functional neuroimaging. Topic review articles will also discuss neuroimaging characteristics of various neuropathologic entities such as vascular disorders, demyelinating disorders, tumors, neurodegenerative disorders and trauma.
2. Case Report
This category is not aimed at documenting extremely rare conditions. Rather, we will strive for a balance between originality and practicality. We expect cases that deviate from the typical presentation of a certain condition, but are not too unusual as to be practically useless. The author is expected to discuss briefly a differential diagnosis based on the clinical and imaging data. Teaching points are expected at the end of the case.
• Imaging-Pathological correlates: this is a special subcategory of case reporting. The goal is to correlate imaging findings with the gold standard for diagnosis.
• Misdiagnosed. A case that was misdiagnosed or completely missed because of conflicting clinical and/or imaging data. The author is expected to discuss the diagnostic error and provide recommendation to colleagues when tackling similar challenging cases. The aim is to share the experience to avoid repeating the same mistake.
3. Endovascular Technical Notes
With the increasing popularity of endovascular procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological/neurosurgical disorders, there is a growing interest among trainees to learn about these procedures, not only for academic purposes, but also for day to day patient care. The aim is to provide basic knowledge regarding patient selection, relevant anatomy, common procedures, devices, and complications. Endovascular fellows and practicing physicians are expected to provide most of the articles. Manufacturers can also provide material for publication with appropriate disclosure and comment from the editor
4. Quiz image
An image or a group of images will be provided with a brief clinical vignette. Correct answer to be revealed in the same manuscript, with the appropriate explanation.