Residency Research

The University of Arizona Department of Medical Imaging has long been recognized for excellence in translational and basic science imaging research. In the 1970s this story began with the combined vision of Drs. Paul Capp and Terry Ovitt to create a picture archiving computer system or PACS. This legacy of translational research continues today with advancements in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. While these efforts are too many to detail, a few of these developments include quantitative and spectroscopic measurements of fat and iron content within the liver (known as the HISTO technique), quantitative measurements of fibrosis in patients suffering from chronic liver disease, and the continued evolution of free breathing Gradient Echo sequencing algorithms.  

Critical to our role in cutting edge medical imaging research is the continued participation of our diagnostic radiology residents within our many research endeavors. As detailed below, our residents have been invested in a multitude of research projects, covering all of the various disciplines of medical imaging. These residents have presented their work at national and international conferences, published peer reviewed manuscripts, and received interdepartmental seed grants which hold great promise for eventual extramural funding. The Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona has endorsed these research initiatives with support at many levels including mentoring, funding, and facility imaging time.

Resident Presentations


Resident Safety and QI Projects

Program Design

All residents are expected to have some level of research involvement during their four years of residency. While some residents may elect to satisfy the minimal requirements as detailed by the American Board of Radiology, a few select residents may wish to pursue a more extensive level of research involvement. For these enthused residents, the department offers the flexibility to create an individualized research track that can include anywhere from 6 months to 12 months of dedicated research time. By generating a research plan tailored to the resident’s individual interests, we feel that this approach will better maximize the resident’s invested time and promise a greater likelihood of success. For those residents pursuing such an intensified research plan, there are expectations that certain metrics of success will be achieved including manuscripts, presentations at national and international conferences, and application for intramural and extramural funding.

While every effort will be made to support these residents, the overall emphasis of their residency training will remain the maturation of highly skilled diagnostic radiologists. If a resident demonstrates difficulties with clinical work, the program director, the resident, and the resident’s mentor will generate a plan to ensure the mastered competency of all the required diagnostic radiology clinical skills.


The University of Arizona Department of Medical Imaging offers a unique opportunity for diagnostic radiology residents focused on a career in research and academics. When applying for residency, please send an email to our program manager Janet Black ( expressing your interest in this research pathway so that a specialized itinerary can be generated for your interview day.