Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship

About the Program

The goal of our 1-year non-accredited fellowship in Cardiothoracic Imaging is for fellows to acquire the knowledge and skills to become outstanding cardiothoracic radiologists through participation in research, teaching and a broad range of clinical activities.

Core and Electives

Our 12-month fellowship program is tailored to each fellow’s interest and prior experiences and offers fellows flexibility in structuring the program to their individual goals. At least 80% of the fellowship is dedicated to thoracic imaging and cardiovascular imaging. Fellows can further specialize in either of these or choose elective time in other sections with the approval of the program director. While the fellowship is primarily diagnostic, fellows with appropriate background and interest can obtain experience in interventional thoracic procedures collaboration with our Interventional Radiology Section.

Hands-on Training

The fellowship provides a broad range of hands-on training including:

  • Outpatient/inpatient chest radiography
  • Critical care portable chest radiography and chest fluoroscopy
  • Thoracic computed tomography (CT), (including routine chest CT, high-resolution chest CT, pulmonary CT angiography (CTA), aortic CTA and thoracic PET/CT)
  • Thoracic magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Cardiac CT, cardiac MRI, and cardiac Nuclear Medicine

Imaging facilities allow fellows the full range of thoracic and cardiac imaging:2 FORCE ultrafast Dual energy CT scanners

  • 2 Force Dual energy ultrafast scanners
  • 2 additional CT scanners
  • 1 Drive superfast Dual energy CT scanner
  • Four 1.5 T and one 3 T MRI scanners and two PET/CT scanners
  • 3-D Advanced Imaging Processing Laboratory for training in Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) and advanced image postprocessing and analysis through the section’s work

Research and Teaching

The department is well-resourced to support fellows’ research. Starting in the third month of fellowship, fellows may receive half academic day per week to devote to research projects approved by the program director.  Travel funds are available for fellows presenting at national conferences.  The division’s faculty have won awards for their teaching and will provide opportunities for fellows to teach medical students and residents.

How to Apply

The Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship will begin accepting applications for the 2024-2025 year as of Aug. 1, 2022.

To apply for the fellowship, please submit the information below:

  • Completed application that can be e-mailed, mailed, or faxed
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Summary of your training background, areas of strength and interest, and a brief description of how you would hope to utilize and apply your fellowship training.
  • Three letters of recommendation—letters should come from those persons familiar with your recent training and current professional activities. Please instruct reference individuals to mail their letters of recommendation directly to the fellowship coordinator at the address listed below.
  • Copy of your ECFMG certificate
  • Copies of USMLE steps 1, 2, and 3 transcripts
  • Please send all materials (other than recommendations) together in one email with the email subject line: "Cardiothoracic Application-YourLastName".

Send all application materials to

After your application is complete, it will be reviewed and a decision made regarding an invitation to interview. Following SCARD guidelines, interviews will begin after Nov. 1, 2022.

After your application is complete, we review it and make a decision regarding an invitation to interview.

Criteria for Candidacy

In keeping with ACGME/GME guidelines, applicants are required to have completed a four-year residency program in Diagnostic Radiology at an institution accredited by the ACGME (or their respective international or non-U.S. equivalents). They must also have completed the USMLE Steps 1, 2 and 3.  Candidates are preferably in the process of preparing for certification in the American Board of Radiology (ABR).  Additionally, applicants must qualify to obtain a State of Iowa Medical License.   To find out about qualifications for a State of Iowa Medical License, please visit the Iowa Board of Medicine's website.

Our People

Program Director

Archana T. Laroia, MD

Archana T. Laroia, MD

Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Cardiothoracic Imaging Fellowship Program
Interim Director, Division of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Imaging

Cardiothoracic Imaging Division Faculty