Radiology for students (curriculum)

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.
This is a basic article for medical students and other non-radiologists

Our medical student radiology curriculum provides links to investigations and core pathology that medical students will encounter in their training as well as pathology that they will be expected to diagnose on initial imaging come graduation.

At graduation (and for final exams) you should be able to look at a chest x-ray and abdominal x-ray and be able to recognise important pathology. Having a standard approach to this is important and we have put together some resources to help with this:

  • ABCDE approach to chest x-rays
  • ABDO X approach to abdominal x-rays

It is important to understand when these tests should be requested and what information you should record on request forms.

You should also have an appreciation that these tests are often only the starting point of radiological investigation. You should have seen examples in clinical practice of ultrasound, CT and MRI in action and have an understanding of when they get used.

Neuroimaging is commonplace and a shift in A&E or the acute receiving unit will not be complete without a CT head request. You should understand the indications for requesting neuroimaging and understand that the information you include in your request will determine the type of test that is performed, e.g. whether contrast is given.

You should be able to look at a CT head and recognise common pathology.

You should be able to look at common appendicular plain films and recognise common fractures and dislocations.



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