Third-year radiology resident wins national award

June 6, 2016 | News, UTMC
By Samantha Watson

Approximately 95 percent of U.S. radiology residents will attend a Radiologic Pathology Correlation Course with the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology at some point during their postdoctoral training.

In addition to the United States, approximately 20 percent of the residents and fellows who take the course come from Canada, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Asia and South America. The four-week class presents a comprehensive review of radiologic imaging with emphasis on the principles of radiologic-pathologic correlation, and is used by most residents to prepare for their boards, an exam that is required in order to practice radiology.



Throughout the course, which is offered five times each year in Washington, D.C., residents study cases and apply the principles of radiologic-pathologic correlation to interpret them. The cases are provided by the residents themselves when they sign up to take the course.

One such case was submitted by Dr. Abdelkader Mahammedi, a third-year radiology resident at The University of Toledo. The case was that of a 57-year-old male with progressive confusion and a one-day history of fever; he had been transferred to UT Medical Center from an outside facility by his sister.

Through a CT scan and MRI, physicians were able to determine the patient had meningitis, an infection in the brain, and ventriculitis, a swelling of the ventricles, which are fluid-filled cavities in the brain. One of the ventricles had ruptured, causing abscesses.

Mahammedi’s case was selected out of hundreds of submissions to win the American Institute of Radiologic Pathology’s Radiologic Pathology Correlation Best Case Award for Neuroradiology Imaging because of its use of both radiologic and gross anatomy images, which clearly showed correlation.

“Medical imaging is an excellent tool to extract information from the complex biological/ pathological interactions at multiple scales, from angstrom to atoms, to molecules, to cells, to tissues, without destroying the system,” Mahammedi said. “Winning this prestigious award definitely reflects the dedication of our attending physicians in patient care and academic teaching at our institution.”

Mahammedi was assisted in putting the case together by Dr. Jenna Purdy, a second-year pathology resident at UT, and Dr. Mark Buehler, a UT attending radiologist. The case also has been selected for publication in the top journal in the radiology field, Radiographics, later this year.

Mahammedi, who is originally from Algeria, came to UT in 2014 after completing medical school in Algeria then a nuclear medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.

After finishing his radiology residency at UT, he will complete two radiology fellowships back to back, the first at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York in body MRI in 2017, followed by a second fellowship in 2018 at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School in Boston.

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