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Fundamentals of Radiology

Updated: 01/03/23


ALL students must follow health requirements in order to rotate with UIH. Students out of compliance will be subject to removal from rotating until all health requirements are up to date to maintain policy and safety. (Health-and-Requirements-Immunization-Guide)

In the current practice of modern medicine, imaging play 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.

The exposure to 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.


  • Obtain wide exposure to clinical radiology and various subspecialties within the field of radiology, including X-Ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, Breast imaging and interventional radiology
  • Gain a general understanding of the basic techniques and physics of various modalities used for medical imaging
  • Learn the essential roles of diagnostic and interventional radiology procedures in patient care
  • Understand normal anatomy and pathophysiology correlations with imaging
  • Become familiar with the indications and utilities of various imaging procedures in the diagnosis and management of patients
  • Understand the risks of radiation and contrast media, imaging-related costs, limitations and alternatives
  • Gain insight into the patient’s experience during the exam, and the necessary preparation before the exam
  • Acquire knowledge in radiologic pathology in commonly encountered problems, basic image interpretation in radiography, CT and ultrasound, and follow-up recommendation
  • Learn the importance of supplying appropriate clinical information when requesting imaging studies through EMR and to use radiologist as a consultant in clinical management

Learning activities could include the following: Lectures, case reviews, conferences, ward-round, outpatient evaluation, term papers, library work, literature reviews, laboratory research, field activity, or group work.

  • Student is assigned to the resident and attending radiologist in charge of the section/subspecialty to participate in imaging review sessions and interventional procedures
  • Student will assist radiology residents in reading rooms by looking up EMR and research indications for imaging studies, communicate urgent/critical results, review imaging protocols
  • Student will observe and assist technologists in performing imaging procedures
  • Student is required to attend multidisciplinary tumor board and daily resident noon case conferences
  • Student is required to complete a PowerPoint presentation on a selected imaging topic

Based on:

  • Attendance and participation
  • Feedback from supervising radiology staff
  • Quality of PowerPoint case presentation

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 433

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: Karen Xie, DO (Interim)

    Coordinator: Cara Hoover

  • Program Information

    Location:  UI Health

    Duration: 2 weeks
    Night Call:
    Weekends: Yes
    Students Accepted: Max. 4
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 35 hours
    Laboratory: N/A
    Independent Study: 5 hours
    Outpatient: N/A
    Inpatient: N/A
    Total Hours /Week: 40