Our department is made up of several sections including Breast Imaging, Thoracic Imaging, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Pediatric Imaging, Vascular/Interventional Radiology, Neuroradiology, Neuro Interventional Imaging, Cardiac Imaging, and Body Imaging.

Breast Imaging

The Breast Imaging Section has members who cover specialized breast imaging at the following sites in the Champlain LHIN: The Women's Breast Health Center of the Ottawa Hospital (TOH), the TOH Ontario Breast Screening Program at Hampton Park, The Riverside campus of TOH, The General Campus of TOH, Nunavut Hospital in Iqaluit, Winchester Hospital, RenfrewHospital, St Francis Memorial Hospital of Barry's Bay, Almonte Hospital, and Arnprior Hospital.

The combined annual case load for TOH is 45,000 breast imaging studies (screening and diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound), 1950 breast MRI's, 2752 breast biopsies (stereotacticand ultrasound), and 350 radioactive seed breast localizations. The added volume for the other hospitals is 10,000 breast imaging studies (screening and diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound).

Residency Training

All radiology residents at the University of Ottawa are provided with three months of training which include a graduated approach of responsibility to breast imaging. The residents start with a basic approach to learning screening and diagnostic mammography, followed by hands-on learning breast ultrasound, to performing interventional breast procedures including aspirations, drainages, biopsies under stereotactic, sonographic and MRI guidance, with assistance first at the Simulation center. By the end of their training in breast imaging, they will have participated in interpretation of many diagnostic and screening mammograms, breast ultrasounds, breast MRI's, and rad-path correlation of breast biopsies.

Jean Seely
Jean Seely MD, FRCPC, Head, Breast Imaging Section, Department of Radiology

Fellowship Training

The Breast imaging section offers one fellowship position per year to national and international applicants. The fellowship comprises one year of specialized breast training, with rotations in screening, diagnostic assessments, breast biopsies, breast MRI interpretation and MRI guided breast biopsies. Exposure to breast surgery and breast pathology is included in the fellowship. Fellows participate in weekly multidisciplinary breast conferences with pathologists, radiologists, breast surgeons and oncologists. Fellows participate in research, and may present at international conferences.

Continuing Medical Education

The faculty provides a national breast imaging update CME conference every two years, and some of the faculty are invited for additional national and international conferences. A core curriculum of 20 breast imaging lectures is provided to radiology residents every two years.


The faculty participate in research as a part of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Research is done in collaboration with breast surgeons and physicists of the University of Ottawa and is part of multi-center trials with the Canadian Clinical Trials Group. Faculty members participate in the Ontario Breast Screening Program(OBSP). The radiologist-in-chief for OBSP is Dr Jean Seely.

Thoracic Imaging

The Thoracic Imaging Section has members who cover specialized thoracic imaging at the following sites in the Champlain LHIN: the General, Civic and Riverside campuses of The Ottawa Hospital as well as the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Renfrew Victoria Hospital, Winchester District Memorial Hospital, St. Francis Memorial Hospital and Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital. Members also cover thoracic imaging for Kikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The annual case load for TOH is 33,000 chest CTs, 1500 thoracic MRs, 130,00 chest radiographs, 800 thoracic interventional procedures (imaged-guided thoracic biopsies, pleural drainages and biopsies, pre-operative lung nodule coiling and radiofrequency ablation procedures).

Resident Training

Residents are provided with 5 months of thoracic imaging exposure.  The objectives of training are appropriate to the residents’ postgraduate level of training and provide them with the necessary skills to interpret chest radiographs, thoracic CT including high resolution CT, thoracic MR and perform basic image-guided thoracic biopsies and pleural drainages.

Teaching is enhanced by the combination of didactic lectures, access to teaching files, attendance at multidisciplinary rounds, radiology-pathology rounds and a graduated exposure to invasive chest procedures in the simulation center. 

Carole Dennie
Carole Dennie, MD, FRCPC Head, Thoracic Imaging Section, Department of Radiology

Thoracic Fellowship Training

The University of Ottawa offers three clinical fellowship positions per year to national and international applicants. The fellowship comprises one year of specialized thoracic imaging training with extensive exposure to all thoracic imaging modalities as well as in-depth experience in thoracic intervention. 

Teaching is enhanced by dedicated weekly didactic lectures, weekly multidisciplinary rounds with pathologists, radiologists, thoracic surgeons and oncologists.  Fellows also participate in radiology-pathology, respirology, interesting case and interstitial lung disease rounds. Fellows have the opportunity to do research and present their results at national and international meetings.

Continuing Medical Education

The faculty organizes a national cardiothoracic imaging update course every two to three years with internationally known guest faculty.  Some faculty are also invited to speak on thoracic imaging topics at national and international CME meetings including the CAR Annual Scientific Meeting, the RSNA, ARRS and the Society of Thoracic Radiology meetings.


The faculty participate in research as part of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute.  Research is often conducted in collaboration with thoracic surgeons, pathologists and respirologists as well as physicists at the University of Ottawa and faculty currently participate in the High-Risk Lung Cancer Screening pilot funded by Cancer Care Ontario

Musculoskeletal Imaging

The Musculoskeletal(MSK) Imaging section is comprised of 6 academic, fellowship trained MSK radiologists all having appointments with the University of Ottawa. They are based at The Ottawa Hospital, while also providing service to several hospitals in the Champlain LHIN.  The section provides consultations for the full spectrum of musculoskeletal disease including trauma, oncology, sports medicine, and arthritic processes.  The MSK section employs all imaging modalities including digital radiography, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT and MRI.  A wide range of image-guided interventional procedures are performed including soft tissue and bone biopsies, aspirations, arthrograms, spine injections, vertebroplasty and RF ablation. The practice is diverse with a balance of emergency, in-patient and out-patient cases. Referrals are accepted from primary care and specialist physicians, including consultation requests on external imaging studies.   The MSK section interprets 4000 MRI, 800 CT and 800 US cases and performs over 1,500 procedures annually.

Residency Training

The radiology residency training program includes 4 months of MSK training.  The learning occurs through a balanced, integrated model comprised of daytime and on-call clinical cases, didactic lectures, case based interactive teaching sessions and hands on simulation based sessions.  Residents are exposed to a broad spectrum of diagnostic and procedural studies.  

Fellowship Training

The MSK section offers a 1 year fellowship with 2 positions per year, having trained radiologists nationally from Canada and internationally.  The program includes balanced exposure to radiography, US, CT, MRI, while also providing experience with basic and advanced interventional procedures. Research is encouraged with academic time and resources available to support the activities.

Dr. Kawan S. Rakhra
Dr. Kawan S. Rakhra MD, FRCPC, Head, Musculoskeletal Imaging


All MSK radiologists and trainees participate in a wide range of weekly teaching and clinical conferences, including multidisciplinary conferences with rheumatologists, pathologists, surgeons and oncologists.  The section is actively involved in continuing medical education (CME) hosting an MSK radiology course every 2 years. The radiologists are also frequent invited speakers both nationally and internationally.


The MSK radiology section is actively involved in research in collaboration with the departments of Medical Physics, Orthopedic Surgery, Rehabilitation Medicine, Human Kinetics, Rheumatology and Engineering at both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.   Both basic science, animal and and clinical studies are performed.

Pediatric Imaging

The Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario and Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre (CHEO-OCTC) is a pediatric health and research centre affiliated with the University of Ottawa. Over the past 43 years, CHEO-OCTC has established itself as a world-class centre providing dedicated and specialized pediatric health services, including leading-edge treatment, with diagnostic services for children and youth. It is home to the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health and the Ontario Newborn Screening Program. It is an active partner in the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, providing leadership in all aspects of pediatric health and well-being. As a teaching hospital, CHEO is affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. Through its Research Institute, it conducts leading edge research in child and youth illnesses. The hospital has approximately 167 inpatient beds, six (6) inpatient units, two (2) Intensive Care Units (Neonatal ICU and Pediatric ICU), an Emergency department (ED), a Medical Day Unit (MDU), Operating Rooms (OR), Post Anesthesia Care Units (PACU), and Day Care Surgery (DCS).

The Medical Imaging Department at CHEO provides patients and families with access to state of the art imaging technologies in an environment that is safe and pleasant for patients of all ages. Our department offers radiation-free or low-dose options in pediatric imaging to the Eastern Ontario, Western Quebec and Nunavut regions. Approximately 137,000 examinations and procedures are performed annually. Our department prides itself on its exceptional collaboration between the radiologists and the CHEO clinicians, both in clinical and research areas.

Our pediatric radiologists work energetically in leading pediatric imaging, including clinical, academic and research work. Our department is responsible for all body, musculoskeletal, thoracic, and neuro-imaging in pediatric patients, as well as fetal MRI. The department fulfills its academic role through undergraduate and postgraduate education activities.

Dr Elka Miller,
Dr Elka Miller, Chief & Medical Director, Pediatric Radiology, CHEO

Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program

All radiology residents at the University of Ottawa are provided with four months of training which includes a graduated approach to responsibilities in pediatric imaging. The training program is based on a combination of teaching sessions, clinical rounds and direct supervised reporting of a variety of pediatric cases done in all imaging modalities. Information regarding the residency program can be obtained from the Residency Program Administrator at University of Ottawa.

Pediatric Radiology Residency Program (Fellowship)

The Department supports a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Pediatric Radiology Residency Program, attracting radiologists from all over the world with an interest in the subspecialty of pediatric radiology. The department offers 4-5 fellowship positions per year to national and international applicants. The fellowship offers one or two years of specialized pediatric radiology training. Quality education of our trainees is a top priority for our team here at CHEO. Fellows participate in research and have the opportunity to present in national and international conferences. Information regarding the fellowship training program can be obtained from our Fellowship Program Administrator at CHEO at: [email protected]

Continuing Medical Education

Our pediatric radiology experts are part of the movement toward safer imaging scanning for children and proudly participate in many of the continuing medical education activities to educate and disseminate knowledge to the medical community.


The faculty participates in research in collaboration with the CHEO Research Institute. Research is done with clinicians in and outside of CHEO. The department maintains an active research interest as demonstrated by our representation in radiology societies and publications. The Chief and Medical Director of the Department of Medical Imaging at CHEO is Dr Elka Miller.

Vascular/Interventional Radiology

The Angiography and Interventional Section of Medical Imaging at The Ottawa Hospital is the sole provider of specialized, imaging guided, minimally invasive procedures to the Champlain LHIN. Currently we are composed of eight fellowship trained Interventional Radiologists performing procedures at the Civic and General Campuses of The Ottawa Hospital. 
A wide variety of vascular and non-vascular procedures are performed including arterial and venous angioplasty, stenting, and embolization as well as a range of hepatobiliary and urogenital interventions and drainages. Over 6,000 procedures are performed annually at The Ottawa Hospital with around 3,500 procedures performed at the General Campus and 2,500 procedures at the Civic Campus. We also actively collaborate with our colleagues from the Division of Vascular Surgery in endovascular repair of aortic diseases.

Resident Training

All residents at the University of Ottawa undergo two four week blocks of mandatory Interventional Radiology training in the PGY 3 year and one additional block during the senior (PGY 5) year. The residents have a structured plan with rotation objectives, reading list and staff feedback. Learning is achieved through didactic lectures, morbidity and mortality rounds, simulation center, and hands-on training. Resident responsibility is graduated based on experience and level of training. 

Fellowship Training

Two Interventional Radiology fellowship positions are offered per year. Each position comprises one year of training at both campuses and includes exposure to an extensive array of interventional procedures.  Although the majority of training is case based, fellows actively participate in multidisciplinary rounds (dialysis, vascular surgery, and hepatobiliary), bimonthly Interventional Radiology Morbidity and Mortality Rounds, Departmental Grand Rounds, Vascular Journal Club and others. Fellows also participate in research and often present at both local and national conferences.

Adnan Hadziomerovic
Adnan Hadziomerovic MD, FRCPC, Head Vascular/Interventional Radiology

Continuing Medical Education

The faculty organizes a Dialysis Access and Interventions meeting every two years and presents at the Annual Ottawa Resident Review course. Several members have also been invited speakers at local, national and international meetings.


The faculty participates in research as a part of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute with the majority of research being in the clinical field. The Department of Medical Imaging employs several research assistants, physicists and has access to the SIM center.

Contact Us


501 Smyth Road, Box 232
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1H 8L6
Tel: 613-737-8571
Fax: 613-737-8830

Taylor Widenmaier
Interim Administrative Coordinator
E-mail: [email protected]