Best Radiology Programs in the U.S.

Jan 06, 2020

Learn about the top schools for a specialization in radiology. Discover important information, such as rankings, locations and program types, to make an informed education decision.

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Many highly rated schools offer radiology programs throughout the country. These programs are typically available at the doctoral degree level. Radiologists have a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree with a specialty in radiology; this extensive training prepares them to interpret diagnostic imaging or participate in interventional radiological procedures. Most medical school programs include four years of academic coursework; after graduation, students wishing to become radiologists apply to a residency program in radiology. Further specialized training for radiologists is found in the form of fellowships.

Three good schools for this training include the University of Washington (Seattle), Indiana University, and the University of California (San Francisco). All three are highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

University of Washington - Seattle Campus

The University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine, located next to the UW main campus in downtown Seattle, was ranked the number two medical school for primary care by U.S. News & World Report in 2019. Ten clinical fellowships, including body imaging, musculoskeletal imaging and emergency radiology, are available to individuals who have completed their radiology residency.

Students in the M.D. program participate in clinical rotations during their studies in areas such as internal medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine and neurology.

The UW Diagnostic Radiology Residency Program is very selective, with an average of only 12 students accepted per year. Residents spend over 35% of their time at the UW Medical Center in Seattle, which was a nationally ranked hospital in 6 specialties in 2019-2020. After completing residency, most students choose to specialize further in radiology with a fellowship in areas such as mammography, pediatric radiology, interventional radiology, cardiopulmonary imaging or nuclear medicine.

University of California - San Francisco

The University of California - San Francisco (UCSF) is a school dedicated to teaching healthcare and is located in a neighborhood perched over Golden Gate Park. The School of Medicine was named the 3rd best primary care program in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report. The UCSF Medical Center was nationally ranked in 25 specialties (adult and children) among America's best hospitals.

The Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF offers two residency program options. Diagnostic radiology focuses on the general practice of radiology; nuclear medicine is a subspecialty of radiology often used in diagnosing and treating cancers.

Indiana University in Indianapolis, IN

In Indianapolis, students may attend Indiana University (IU), which is ranked among the top 50 medical schools in the areas of primary care and research by U.S. News and World Report.

IU's fellowship for pediatric, vascular and interventional, nuclear medicine and neuroradiology are all accredited by ACGME, or the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. In 2016, IU's graduating class had a 100% pass rate on the ABR core exam.

In addition to its program for medical students, IU offers undergraduate programs in radiography, medical imaging technology and nuclear medicine technology.

More Top Radiology Schools

Let's discuss some other top rated schools offering radiology programs:

College/University Name Distinction Location
Michigan State University In addition to radiology residencies, Michigan State offers a 1-year MRI fellowship East Lansing, MI
University of California - Los Angeles This school has residency positions available for radiology, and residents have rotations in five different facilities; fellowships for radiology are also available here Los Angeles, CA
University of Colorado - Denver Only 9-10 residents are accepted per year, along with 16 fellows Denver, CO
University of Iowa The Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa offers three residencies and six different fellowships; a dedicated radiology library is also staffed with a full-time librarian Iowa City, IA
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Possible fellowship specializations within the Department of Radiology include breast imaging, neuroradiology, nuclear radiology, thoracoabdominal radiology and vascular and interventional radiology Minneapolis, MN
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill UNC offers residencies and six different fellowships, and individuals in these programs have access to a dual source multi-detector CT, 3 Tesla MRIs and multi-slice PET/CT Chapel Hill, NC
University of Wisconsin - Madison Accredited fellowships are available in vascular and interventional radiology as well as neuroradiology; the neuroradiology path has an optional second year; a combined MRI/MBA degree was also recently added Madison, WI

Students who are looking for a radiology program at one of the top schools in the U.S. can find a variety of fellowships and residencies with different specializations. Schools may also offer students access to different resources and require different clinical rotations.

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