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Radiologists use a detailed knowledge of anatomy, pathology, and patho-physiology to perform minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. The field requires a vast fund of knowledge but is also among the few specialties that provide the opportunity to teach and perform research at the same time. Diagnostic Radiology is divided into numerous sub-specialty areas including chest, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, pediatric, MRI, neuro, musculoskeletal, mammography, untrasonography, and nuclear medicine. Depending on the practice setting (private, community, or academic), radiologists may be responsible for multiple types of diagnostic procedures or may limit their practice to a sub-specialty. In any case, the field features regular, defined hours and some patient contact (depending on the procedure and the modality). One big concern among students considering Radiology as a field is that there is minimal patient contact and that most of its practitioners spend their time in isolated, dark rooms. Most radiologists have ample contact with referring physicians, acting as consultants for a wide array of clinicians. For those who prefer direct patient contact or are more interested in invasive procedures they should consider the exciting and rapidly advancing field of Interventional Radiology (IR). IR employs sophisticated imaging and invasive techniques to perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that in the past could only be accomplished via surgery.


Another upper level Radiology elective

Highly recommended:

Sub-I in one of the following:


Infectious Disease
Orthopaedic Surgery
Pulmonary Medicine
Surgical Pathology
Surgery externship
Other Surgical sub-specialty clerkships

To learn more about Penn's Department of Radiology visit their website at:

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