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Clinical Radiology

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Felix S. Chew, MD
University of Washington

Catherine C. Roberts, MD
Mayo Clinic Scottsdale

Clinical Radiology

Clinical Radiology is designed to support a 4-week clinical experience. Suggested learning components include attendance at teaching conferences for residents, observation in the clinical areas and reading rooms, small group or independent work in the learning center, didactic teaching sessions, case review exercises, and teaching file case presentations.

Radiology Tutorial Image Sets

Students should be sure to review the appropriate image set before the corresponding 3 pm tutorial. Consult your individual clerkship rotation schedule. Working in small groups is encouraged.

Neuroradiology-Brain Body CT Mammography
Vascular-Interventional Bone 1 (Arthritis) Spine
Sonography Bone 2 (Fractures) Pediatrics
Nuclear Medicine Emergency Radiology Chest 2 (Intensive Care Unit)
Chest 1 Chest 3 (under construction)


Daily Schedule

A typical daily schedule for the clerkship is as follows:

Time Location Activity
7:30-8:15 Radiology Lecture Hall Resident Teaching Conference
8:30-12:00 Clinical Areas
Learning Center
Clinical Observation
Small Group or Individual Work
12:30-1:15 Radiology Clinical Conference Room Resident Teaching Conference
1:30-3:00 Clinical Areas
Learning Center
Clinical Observation
Small Group or Individual Work
3:00-4:00 Conference Room 3 Afternoon Teaching Session
4:00-5:00 Clinical Areas Clinical Observation
6:00-9:00 Emergency Radiology Reading Room Clinical Observation

Afternoon Teaching Session Schedule

The afternoon teaching is the classroom activity for the medical students. On most days, cases from the Radiology Tutorial Sets are presented as unknowns by the residents to the students, who are expected to discuss them as a group. On other days, the students present their teaching file cases to the other students and the faculty mentor.


Students often learn from exposure to the teaching conferences for residents.


There are a number of textbooks that are suitable for a four-week rotation in radiology.

Learning Center

The Radiology Learning Center several computers that may be used to access radiology teaching materials on our web site or at other sites. The radiology web site may also be accessed from any computer within the WFUBMC campus, or from off-campus using the virtual private network.

The Learning Center also has teaching file collections, videotapes, books, and journals, many of which are at a level inappropriate for medical students.

The following resources are particularly recommended because they have material directed at the medical student level.

The Chest X-Ray Web Page by Jud Gurney, M.D. This site includes everything you might need or want to know about chest radiology, with areas for patients, physicians, radiologists, etc. It includes tutorials and extensive teaching files. Link opens in a new window.

ICU Chest Radiology Tutorial from University of Virginia. This tutorial is suitable for any one who takes care of patients in an ICU. It includes explanations of various complications, disasters, and appliances. Link opens in a new window.

Teaching File Assignments

Each student is required to present two (2) teaching file cases during the rotation.

Case selection should reflect the students' own interests.

At the time of presentation, images should be displayed in Powerpoint or similar software using a laptop.

After presentation, completed cases are added to the departmental teaching file.

For clinical information, discussion, and references, use the following format:

  • Case identification:
  • History and clinical information: age, sex of patient, chief complaint, any relevant medical history, laboratory data, pertinent physical findings (one to two lines).
  • Discussion: Describe radiologic findings that allow one to arrive at a diagnosis or a differential diagnosis (one page).
  • Diagnosis:
  • Treatment:
  • Prognosis:
  • References: One or two key references
  • Submitted By: Your name, date

Clinical Observation

Opportunities for clinical observation of radiologists at work are provided. Please remember that the residents and attendings are engaged in direct patient care, and proper decorum should be followed. You are encouraged to interact with the radiologists, but at certain times, they may be quite busy. Be respectful of the privacy of patients and do not discuss specific cases inappropriately.


The conference rooms are used throughout the day by other members of the medical school and as such you must be on time and leave the premises in the condition in which you found it. Please place all trash (i.e., cups, bottles, napkins, plates, etc.) in trash cans while in the conference rooms. Also, do not bring children, infants, or pets to the department.


Remember you are often in restricted areas and behave appropriately. Always wear your id badge so that the attending physicians, residents and other faculty know who you are and that you are entitled to be in restricted areas White coat is required - no stethoscope is necessary. Please wear appropriate attire as you will be in patient areas, e.g., no dark glasses, hats, shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, or casual athletic clothing. DO NOT carry or use cell phones in any radiology facility. It is unprofessional and in some cases poses danger to equipment and patients. Keep all personal pagers on 'vibrate' or silent.


Arrive on time, check in and advise the attending physician or resident that you are present. Some areas are restricted; please observe the procedures for each reading area and as requested by faculty or staff. Under no circumstances are you to bring food or drink into patient or radiology reading areas.

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