Interventional Radiography Programs

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Emory’s Interventional Radiology-Integrated (IR-I) Residency was approved in May 2016 and began on July 1, 2016. The program provides strong clinical, procedural, and research opportunities. We require a clinical internship of the applicant’s choosing, with transitional positions available at Emory through a separate match. The imaging program at Folsom Lake College prepares students for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ (ARRT) certifications in computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and vascular interventional radiography (VIR).



As a vascular interventional radiographer, you’ll assist physicians with minimally invasive, image-guided vascular procedures, including angioplasty, stenting, thrombolysis, and more. Using sophisticated fluoroscopic equipment, you’ll be responsible for capturing images of the blood vessels.

Working in a hospital, clinic, lab, or outpatient center, you’ll have a rewarding job and be an important part of a medical team caring for patients.


The purpose of ARRT certification and registration in Vascular Interventional Radiography is to recognize individuals who are qualified to perform the role of a Vascular Interventional Radiographer. To earn ARRT certification and registration in this discipline, you'll use our postprimary eligibility pathway. This requires, among other things, that you already hold ARRT credentials in an approved supporting discipline. In some cases, you may earn your supporting credential through another organization. Learn more about eligibility requirements and view additional resources below.


Earning ARRT certification and registration is challenging, yet very achievable. It will take time and commitment—but your hard work will pay off. Learn more about the requirements you'll need to meet along the way, including those in education, ethics, and examination.


  • Clinical Experience Requirements: explains the type and quantity of clinical procedures that you'll need to complete
  • Structured Education Requirements: outlines the education activity requirements for this discipline
  • Examination Content Specifications: outlines the topics that appear on our Vascular Interventional Radiography exams
  • Task Inventory: lists the job responsibilities typically required of technologists working in Vascular Interventional Radiography


The application process for ARRT certification and registration has many detailed steps—but don't worry. We have a range of resources to guide you. Start by downloading our postprimary eligibility pathway application handbook below.

Alan M. Cohen, MD


Interventional Radiography Programs

If you have questions about eligibility, our requirements, or applying, we're here to help. Contact us at 651.687.0048, then choose the option for earning an ARRT credential.

If you're an R.T., you can find additional resources by logging into your online account and selecting 'Pursue Postprimary' from the Complete Business tab.


Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the IR/DR Integrated Residency Program at The University of Chicago Medicine. The Department of Radiology’s teaching programs are strongly influenced by the mission of The University of Chicago: to pursue academic excellence in all fields of study. The Department has a rich history of contributions to the fields of diagnostic and interventional radiology, and we hope that you will consider adding to our legacy.

Our 5-year integrated IR/DR training program consists of a subspecialty track system with 4-week-long rotations in the following sections:

  • Abdominal computed tomography
  • Breast imaging
  • Cardiovascular imaging
  • Gastrointestinal and genitourinary radiology
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Neurointerventional radiology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Nuclear medicine
  • Pediatric imaging
  • Sonography (General and OB/GYN)
  • Thoracic imaging
  • Vascular and interventional radiology
  • Critical care medicine (ICU)
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology

Each subspecialty is staffed by dedicated faculty members who have either fellowship training or decades of experience in their field. Residents are also offered the opportunity to attend the Radiological Pathology Course at the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology in Washington DC, and are given elective time which may be used for additional clinical rotations and/or research. The training program is well-balanced and offers broad exposure to all aspects of diagnostic radiology and interventional radiology. The interventional experience includes level 1 trauma, complex inpatient care, as well as outpatient clinics. Visit our hospital website, UCM Vascular & Interventional Radiology, to learn more about the services we offer and the conditions we treat. Furthermore, the University of Chicago’s academic affiliation with NorthShore University HealthSystem allows our residents to complement their training with additional experience at one of the nation’s leading community-based teaching hospitals.

Interventional Radiology Training Programs

Educational facilities include a newly designed study room with six computer workstations. Daily conferences take place in our recently remodeled resident conference room, with projection capability allowing cases to be viewed directly from our PACS or from other electronic media. Teaching conferences consist of daily noontime conferences, weekly seminars, and approximately 25 clinical conferences conducted by faculty each week. Grand Rounds and Research Conferences are scheduled on a regular basis. A required radiological physics and radiation biology course with practicum is held two hours per week in the first year. Residents also attend a Review Course in Radiation Physics held in August and the University of Chicago Radiology Review Course in the spring. Residents are provided with a shared office & lounge, adjacent locker room and on-call room with access to the PACS system when on call.

Although our primary goal is to train outstanding clinical radiologists, as a world-class academic institution, teaching and research are fundamental components of our program; we are particularly proud of the large number of trainees who choose to continue their careers in academic medicine. All trainees are encouraged to participate in research activities, and dedicated time and funding is provided to motivated residents for this purpose. Publication and presentation at national meetings is also encouraged. A broad range of research activity is under way in the department; a sampling of some of our internationally recognized research sections can be obtained by clicking here.

The clinical department is equipped with state-of-the-art imaging systems, including seven computed tomography units (16, 64 and 256 slice), and seven magnetic resonance imaging units (1.5 and 3.0 Tesla). There are seven interventional suites including two biplane fluoroscopy units for neurointerventional procedures as well a dedicated interventional radiology clinic and nursing unit with advanced monitoring capabilities. Our nuclear medicine section boasts a PET/CT unit as well as a state-of-the-art gantry-less SPECT system among its equipment. The department uses a highly sophisticated PACS for image interpretation, and reports are produced instantaneously via a voice recognition system. Dedicated imaging research facilities include 3T and 1.5T MRI systems for human imaging as well as 9.4T MRI, microPET/SPECT/CT, ultrasound and 3 optical imaging systems for animal imaging.

The IR/DR Integrated Residency Program was surveyed by the ACGME in November 2016 and received full accreditation in April 2017.



Jeffrey Leef, MD

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Jonathan Lorenz, MD FSIR

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Thoung Van Ha, MD FSIR

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