RAD 7101

Diagnostic Radiology


Tracy Daye-Groves
Course Coordinator

Clinical level: 
MS year: 
Terms offered: 



    Catalog Description:

    • Rotation through the different subspecialty areas in the radiology department, including Chest, Gastrointenstinal/Genitourinary, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, Interventional Radiology, Musculoskeletal, Mammography, Neuroradiology, and Pediatric radiology
    • Interactive discussions and Didactic lectures by radiology personnel, including a hands-on ultrasound session. 
    • Opportunities for online learning, including experiences that mimic the experience of performing radiologist-style imaging interpretations.Lectures and other educational activities will be held at the University site.


    • OL: Online learning
    • FU: University of Minnesota Medical Center, 420 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN
    • HC: Hennpin County Medical Center, 701 Park Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
    • VA: VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN

    Required session attendance: First and last day of rotation are mandatory

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  M-F, 8:00am-4:00pm

    Direct patient care:  No

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

    Course Objectives:  The goals of this course are to:

    • teach students the concept of approaching common radiographic examinations systematically.
    • help students to appreciate the variety of procedures performed in the radiology department. This will include discussions of the use of ionizing radiation in the radiology department and discussion of the different types of contrast agents used in radiology. Additionally, many discussions will center around which of the many available imaging tests are most appropriate in given scenarios. Risks and benefits will be discussed.
    • help students understand the radiologist's role in both routine and complex clinical situations.

    During the elective the student will:

    • participate in "read out" sessions with radiology trainees and faculty. Students may be asked to participate in data gathering from the electronic medical record to assist with exam interpretation.
    • observe patients undergoing different radiologic examinations and thus develop an understanding of the relationship of the clinician, the radiologist, and the patient in the utilization of radiologic procedures.
    • use radiology to reinforce and correlate the knowledge obtained during the basic science years and on other clinical rotations.

    Graded Components:

    • Final examination
    • Group presentation
    • Case assignments
    • Assessment by site director

    Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type:  No

    Course equivalency:  N/A

    Related curricular experience:

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    Course evaluation:  MedHub