The University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Radiology offers a diverse and broad experience in musculoskeletal imaging and interventions. Our section is responsible for all musculoskeletal imaging in The Kirklin Clinic, University Hospital, and Highlands Hospital, including radiographs, MR, and CT imaging. Training includes spine imaging and interventions in addition to wide variety of other image-guided musculoskeletal procedures. Our section interprets studies from 12 magnets ranging from 1.5 to 3.0 T in addition to a PET-MRI 3.0 T scanner. Additionally, there are 11 multidetector CT scanners within the UAB health system, 2 of which have dual-energy capabilities.

The fellows are involved in all aspects of these studies and are also primarily responsible in performing the MSK procedures. At UAB, over 2,000 image-guided musculoskeletal procedures are performed each year including arthrography, percutaneous bone and soft-tissue biopsy, diagnostic and therapeutic joint and spine injections, calcific lavage, tendon fenestration, radiofrequency ablation, cryo-ablation, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, and much more. We also have a high volume musculoskeletal ultrasound program, performing approximately 2,000 cases per year.

As a Level One Trauma Center, our program offers a broad experience in traumatic musculoskeletal injuries. Education is also a mainstay of our fellowship program with a weekly morning musculoskeletal radiology conference in which faculty, fellows, and residents participate. There is a structured musculoskeletal didactic curriculum with lectures given on a weekly basis. There is also a strong collaborative relationship with our referring physicians and includes participating in interdisciplinary conferences such as Orthopaedic Sports, Bone Tumor, and Rheumatology Conferences held on a regular basis. Interdisciplinary lectures are also given to our fellows by other UAB physicians in orthopaedic surgery, rheumatology, and primary care sports medicine. Our fellows also participate in journal club which is always a fun time for fellows and faculty to gather to socialize, learn, and critique the most recent musculoskeletal radiology literature.

Ours Fellows participate in musculoskeletal backup call (home pager call) along with the entire musculoskeletal faculty. Our fellows also participate in weekend day call, usually one half day occurring approximately every six weeks.

We are still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applications can be sent do Dianne Wideman via email at

Contact Information:

Michael G. Rodriguez, M.D., Program Director  
Dianne Wideman, Program Coordinator

Department of Radiology - University of Alabama Hospital
619 19th Street South - Birmingham, AL 35249-6830

(Tel) 205.934.3108 - (Fax) 205.975.4413  |
To download the UAB application