Paul Lewis,

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Before becoming a radiologist, surgeon or internist; you need to be an anatomist.

Diagnostic radiology, as a profession, interprets both normal and abnormal anatomic pictures ... and does so in at least five different modalities (i.e., radiographs, ultrasounds, nuclear imaging, CT, MRI). After anatomy, radiology extends into pathology and later expands into pathophysiology. Yes - radiologists deal with physiology too!

Like an internist, radiologists interview (collect data), examine (interpret studies) and come to a diagnosis. The value of radiologists is maturing in the realm of treatment as we continue to advance the horizon of minimally invasive treatments.

For resources, I would first direct you to the Rush University Medical Center clerkship website for diagnostic radiology. This page is home to multiple student-directed lectures on radiology as well as a library of many correlative clinical and radiographic cases.

Alternatively, please allow me to direct you to some of the best resources (that I know of) for radiology.

         Rush University Medical Center Clerkship site - student-directed lectures and cases


         22 'must see' radiologic diagnoses from learning

         Radiology Masterclass

         Head, neck, brain and spine anatomy

         Lung anatomy

         Heart Valves

         The Radiology Assistant