|The Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
What is Radiology?
Coronal Chest CT
(treated with chest tube)
|Radiology is the study of images of the human body. A Radiologist is a physcian who has become a specialist in Radiology - a medical doctor who has taken additional training in the interpretation of medical images. This training usually takes 5 -6 years after completing Medical or Osteopathic School.
Although Radiology began with the use of X-Rays and large flat sheets of photographic films, the modern Radiologist now has a variety of tools for "taking pictures" of living patients. Many of these newer tools create an image with a computer (CT - computed tomography) and some do not use any X-Rays, nor radiation of any kind - such as MR and Ultrasound.