Why should I consider a career in radiology?
Radiology is a challenging and exciting field that is rapidly evolving. It appeals to the person who likes to be the problem solver. We utilize a variety of imaging modalities to elucidate the correct diagnosis, and, frequently, the radiologist is the first person to suggest the patient’s diagnosis. We act as consultants to the clinical team, and have the unique opportunity to teach those in other medical fields.
What does a radiologist do?
Many people think of radiologists as the person who sits in a dark room reading films all day. That may be true in some cases, but many also do procedures and are involved in research. We use imaging guidance to perform biopsies,arthrograms and drainage procedures. Interventional radiologists are fellowship trained, and do more advanced therapies and procedures utilizing image guidance. They use catheters and drains to treat obstructions (ex. Biliary and urinary tract), place IVC filters, obtain arterial access (ex. port placement), and treat atherosclerotic disease (including performing angiograms and stent placement). Neuroradiologists perform myelograms(inject dye into the cal sac),lumbar punctures under fluoroscopy, and catheter angiograms. Interventional neuroradiologists treat intracranial aneurysms and vascular malformations utilizing catheters.
Other procedures radiologists perform include fluoroscopic evaluation of the gastrointestinal or genitourinary tracts. Even though we have ultrasound technicians, radiologists are frequently involved in the ultrasound exam. Ultrasound is used to diagnose such entities as deep venous thrombosis and cholecystitis.
What are the fellowship opportunities in radiology?
A variety of fellowship opportunities exist, but may be limited due to the needs of the military. Fields offered vary dependent on service, but include the following:
- Cardiovascular imaging
- Chest imaging
- Interventional radiology
- Musculoskeletal imaging
- Nuclear medicine
- Pediatric radiology
- Women’s imaging
What do radiology residency programs look for in a candidate?
- Excellent medical school class ranking & USMLE scores usually - but not limited to - upper-third of class
- Personal Interview and Rotation at Desired Program
- Prior military service
- Research activity
What are the available military GME diagnostic radiology residency programs?
Information on radiology residencies can be found at the following site:
How do I get a USUHS Radiology Chairman’s Letter (when applying for residency)?
Radiology Chairman's Letter Request: Download and complete the request form then schedule an appointment. POC for scheduling is Marcia Turner (301) 295-3145.