In the current practice of modern medicine, imaging plays an important role in providing diagnosis, treatment, and minimally invasive interventions. The widespread use of imaging tests is also contributing to the increased burden of healthcare costs and the potential of exposing patients to unwarranted risks such as radiation.

The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to radiology, including the basic science principles underlying various imaging modalities, their appropriate use in clinical practice, and understanding of the limitations of the technology. This course is serving a particular need during the COVID outbreak
because radiology is very amenable to online learning and will allow us to offer essential clinical knowledge to students working remotely.

This learning of radiology will serve as a strong knowledge foundation in diagnostic and interventional radiology, as an appropriate and necessary component of undergraduate medical education to in-training physicians in all medical specialties.


  • Explain the functions of various subspecialties in radiology as well as the basic techniques and physics of different imaging modalities.
  • List the indications and utilities of various imaging procedures in the diagnosis and management of patients. Choose the most appropriate radiologic study for workup of common clinical situations.
  • State the risks of radiation and contrast media, describe imaging-related costs, and discuss limitations and alternatives of radiologic studies.
  • Describe normal radiologic anatomy, point out radiologic pathology in commonly encountered problems, and identify common abnormal findings on chest and abdominal x-ray.
  • Discuss the basics of point-of-care ultrasound and the basic techniques of bed-side ultrasound examination.
  • Justify the importance of supplying appropriate clinical history when requesting imaging studies and provide rationale for the decision to
    order imaging tests.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:This course is offered in two-week segments, and do not need to be taken contiguously. You must have taken weeks 1-2, or its equivalent, such as Fundamentals of Radiology, before you take week 3-4. The first two weeks will cover essential knowledge and topics in radiology, week 3 and 4 will focus on additional topics such as oncology imaging, interventional radiology topics, etc. If students already have 2 weeks of radiology previously, you can register for week 3 and 4 to get a total of 4 weeks of radiology.


Program Number: ELEC 462

Program Director: Ketan Shah, MD
Coordinator: Namrata Soni
Duration: 4 weeks total

Max Number Students Accepted: 150


Updated: 6/5/20