Top Schools for Diagnostic Radiology

Read about programs in diagnostic radiology, through which students learn how to interpret medical images obtained from high-tech equipment. Take a look at the training options at four leading universities, and find an overview of other schools in the U.S. with programs for diagnostic radiologists.

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Program options in diagnostic radiology can include fellowships, medical school courses and residencies. In addition to learning how to interpret computerized tomography (CT) and ultrasound images, radiologists in training may specialize in breast imaging, chest radiology or interventional radiology, among other areas.

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Four of the top schools for diagnostic radiology include the Oregon Health & Science University, University of Iowa, the University of Alabama and Baylor University. Each of these schools has earned high rankings by U.S. News & World Report for 2017.

Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR

School Highlight: Oregon Health & Science University is home to the Dotter Interventional Institute for interventional radiology research.

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), the only university hospital in the state, tied at sixth among primary care medical schools in 2017, according to U.S. News & World Report. The School of Medicine includes the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, where students can participate in a 4-year residency program at the OHSU Hospital and Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. Training topics include nuclear medicine, interventional radiology and diagnostic ultrasound. Residents who want to pursue further study can find fellowship programs in six areas, including neuroradiology, pediatric radiology and women's imaging.

University of Iowa in Iowa City, IA

School Highlight: Mock oral board exam helps students prepare for the American Board of Radiology certification exam.

U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Iowa's primary care medical program tied at 25th in the nation for 2016. Students in the Medical Doctor (M.D.) program can take radiology courses, participate in radiology externships or independent studies. Through the radiology residency program, residents acquire knowledge in 11 subspecialty areas, such as ultrasound, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiology-pathology. Fellowships in musculoskeletal radiology, neuroradiology and pediatric radiology are also available, along with body, breast and chest imaging options.

University of Alabama at Birmingham

School Highlight: The school's Heart & Vascular Center has 13 labs with state-of-the-art technology.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham, was ranked tied at #159 among national universities and #83 among public schools by U.S. News & World Report for 2017. At the university's School of Medicine, students can find M.D., Ph.D. and rural medical programs. In particular, the school's Department of Radiology offers a residency program with rotations in neuroimaging, cardiothoracic and musculoskeletal imaging, as well as subspecialties in emergency room (ER) and breast imaging, among other areas. Residents must also participate in research or scholarly activities, such as presentations at national meetings.

Baylor University in Dallas, TX

School Highlight: Residents in this program learn about oncologic imaging through an on-site cancer center.

At the Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, students can enter the Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program after graduating from medical school. Students gain familiarity with PET-CT imaging, multiphase MR and CT imaging, and both invasive and non-invasive vascular procedures. Residents complete most of their training on campus, but there are also several required off-campus rotations. Graduates are prepared for the written and oral radiology board examinations. For 2017, Baylor University was ranked tied at #71 among all national universities by U.S. News & World Report.

Top Schools for Diagnostic Radiology

These schools also provide strong diagnostic radiology programs:

  • Emory University in Atlanta, GA, offers a Global Health Radiology elective program for diagnostic radiology residents.
  • At Ohio State University in Columbus, residents in the Diagnostic Radiology Residency program receive a monthly progress report.
  • At the University of California - Davis in Sacramento, CA, all students must take part in a 4-week course at the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology.
  • The University of Kansas in Kansas City, KS, is home to the state's only teaching and research hospital.
  • At the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, residents train at four medical centers.
  • Yale University graduates have gone on to work at some of the most prestigious universities and hospitals in the country. The school is located in New Haven, CT.

Some of the country's top universities and medical schools offer diagnostic radiology training. Programs are available at multiple levels.

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