Diagnostic Radiology

Students are introduced to the basic principles of various types of radiologic interpretation and rotate daily through different sections in the department of diagnostic imaging, including: gastrointestinal, genitourinary, chest, musculoskeletal, pediatrics, neuroradiology, computerized tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound, interventional and emergency radiology. In addition to participating in daily film interpretation with residents and staff, the students will receive an introduction to the role of each section in the diagnosis and management of disease. Interactive teaching presentations will be available for students on the departmental website. Self-teaching materials will be available in the radiology library. The students will attend the department resident teaching conferences twice daily as well as specific student seminars. There are no call responsibilities.

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum-6 students)
Scheduling Restriction(s): Not offered: 06/15/2015 – 10/02/2015, 11/02/2015 – 11/27/2015, 11/28/2015 – 01/29/2016
Student’s Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year
Prerequisite(s): N/A
Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives:
1. History skills:  Gather the important information that is needed for the interpretation of the requested imaging studies.  This information can be obtained for the electronic medical record.
2. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common radiographic conditions and how they relate to common clinical scenarios. 
3. Procedural skills: The student should know the appropriate indications for various diagnostic imaging procedures.
4. Attitude:  Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Radiology service, support staff and referring clinicians.
5. Career/context:  Know the training/career pathway for Radiology.

This elective is an introduction to vascular and interventional radiology: the use of radiological imaging to guide procedures in various organ systems of the body and the evaluation and management of patients who are candidates for these. In the vascular system, this includes arterial and venous angiography, angioplasty, stenting, embolization for bleeding, tumors (such as uterine fibroids), and vascular malformations, venous reflux management, inferior vena cava filter placement, hemodialysis access management, and placement of a variety of venous access devices. Nonvascular experience includes percutaneous approaches to biliary and urinary track pathology, drainage of abscesses and other fluid collections, and tumor ablation. Students will participate in the interventional radiology clinic and admitting service.

Length of Rotation: 2 to 4 weeks (maximum-1 student)
Scheduling Restriction(s): N/A
Student’s Class Level: 4th, 5th year
Prerequisite(s): N/A
Accept Visiting Students: Yes

This elective serves as an introduction to the clinical management of infants, children, and adolescents through the use of integrated diagnostic imaging. Students will participate through a review of imaging studies with residents and attendings, observation of fluoroscopic, ultrasound, computed tomography procedures, and attendance at daily clinical conferences. Students are encouraged to present interesting cases or to participate in research projects during their elective.

Length of Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks (maximum-2 students)
Student’s Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year
Scheduling Restriction(s): Not offered 06/15/15-08/07/15
Prerequisite(s): N/A
Accept Visiting Students: yes

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills: Gather the important information that is needed for the UGI and or VCUG history; history does not need to be put into the medical record as the study has been ordered for a particular indication.
  2. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common pediatric critical care conditions.

This rotation is designed as an introduction to neuroradiology. The student will become an integral part of the neuroradiology team, which consists of the resident, fellow and attending. The Neuroradiology Elective is somewhat different from other as there is less “hands on” and more observation and it tends to be more self-motivated and self directed. Students are encouraged and expected to interact during readouts by asking questions and being involved. They are also encouraged to review cases on their own prior to readout. By the end of the elective, students should be familiar with the normal radiographic anatomy of the brain, spine and head & neck and should have developed a systematic approach to interpreting CTs and MRIs of this region as well as recognizing basic pathology. Students will also be exposed to the various subsections of neuroradiology including brain, spine, head & neck, peds, etc. Upon request, those interested may also be exposed to Neuro special procedures including image guided biopsies, myelography, angiography and neurointerventional procedures. An interactive PowerPoint program will be provided to the student which covers neuroradiology and there are also teaching aids on the neuroradiology web site. A number of teaching conferences are offered as follows:
a. Neuroradiology Fellow’s Conferences. Tuesdays and Wednesdays at noon in Fitkin Basement Neuroradiology Reading Room. These are didactic lectures. Lunch is provided.
b. Interesting/Missed Case Conference. Fridays at noon in Greenspan Radiology Conference room. Presentation of interesting cases. Lunch is provided.
c. Interdisciplinary Conferences. There are conferences in ENT, Neurosurgery, Neurology, Pathology, Peds, etc. Since the time, location, and date are subject to change, interested students are encouraged to ask the Neuroradiology Fellow about these conferences.
d. Radiology Resident Conferences. Daily general radiology conferences in the Greenspan Radiology Conference Room at 1:00. There are also daily resident conferences at 7:30 am for those interested.


Length of Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks (maximum-2 students)
Scheduling Restriction(s): N/A
Student’s Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year
Prerequisite(s): N/A

Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills: Gather the important information that is needed for the interpretation of the requested imaging studies. This information can be obtained for the electronic medical record.
  2. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common radiographic conditions.
  3. Procedural skills. The student should know the appropriate indications for various diagnostic imaging procedures.
  4. Attitude: Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Radiology service, support staff and referring clinicians.
  5. Career/context: Know the training/career pathway for Radiology.