Diagnostic radiologists have to complete medical school and a four-year residency in a diagnostic radiology unit at a hospital or accredited university, where they take classes in various theoretical and practical aspects of medical imaging. Students of diagnostic radiology will build upon the knowledge gained in undergraduate and graduate courses in science and medicine, applying skills to diagnosing conditions with the use of medical imaging equipment. Since these courses are often taken during a residency program, radiology residents will also get practical experience diagnosing patients under the supervision of an attending physician.
Some common concepts taught in diagnostic radiology courses include:
- Nuclear medicine
- Radiology of various body parts and systems such as neuro, cardiac, and chest radiology
- Body CT and MR machine use
List of Diagnostic Radiology Classes
Human Anatomy and Diagnostic Radiology Courses
While still in medical school, future radiologists are required to take human anatomy courses that emphasize concerns related to the field of diagnostic radiology. Course topics include macroscopic and microscopic anatomy, neuroanatomy, virtual microscopy, and forensic radiology. This type of class provides an in-depth understanding of normal and abnormal anatomy and how to use different forms of imaging technology.
Basic radiology classes are usually taken in the third or fourth year of medical school. In these classes, students are introduced to the basics of diagnostic images, nuclear medicine, radiopathology, pediatric radiology, and radiobiology. Specific subtopics might include thoracic (or chest-area) radiology, abdominal radiology, and administrative issues, including reporting, patient consent rules, and technology assessment.
Advanced Diagnostic Radiology
Once students have obtained their medical degrees and have begun their residencies or fellowships in a diagnostic radiology department, they may take a short course in advanced diagnostic radiology topics. These advanced professional courses cover detailed, technical issues, like new techniques for ultrasounds and breast imaging, new developments in body MR technologies, and theoretical concerns in interventional oncology.
Physics and Diagnostic Radiology
Another course many diagnostic radiologists are required to take during their residencies is a diagnostic radiology physics class. This course prepares students for the radiology licensure exam, which includes a section on the physics of radiology. Topics covered include the principles of physics that are at work in radiology and diagnostic imaging as well as safety procedures. Syllabi may cover atom theory, x-ray production, computers and diagnostic radiology, tomography, and radiation protection.