Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 183, Issue 2, pp 331–332 | Cite as

Exposure to radiology during medical school

  • A. NanapragasamEmail author
Letter to the Editor

Radiology is a multi-faceted, expansive speciality. It includes numerous imaging modalities, has both diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities, and it is at the frontier of many technological advances. Despite the position radiology holds in modern medicine, it remains an undervalued subject in medical school. During clinical training, students rotate through a variety of medical and surgical specialities, and gain experience with both hospital and community healthcare; however, they rarely get dedicated time in the radiology department. Irish and UK medical schools that do incorporate a radiology rotation into their rota, often limit the training to a cursory 1 week placement. During this short time, students scarcely have the opportunity to get acquainted with the workings of the department, let alone gain meaningful experience with plain film radiography, computerised tomography, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine, and interventional radiology.

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Conflict of interest



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© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of RadiologyAshford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustChertseyUK
  2. 2.LondonUK

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