Discussion started by Sumer Sethi 8 years ago
I feel a basic level of radiology eductaion is a must for medical graduates with atleast ideas on CXR intrepretation, CT and MRI basics and where to order what and where not to order what. aand some basic appearances.
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Don Hessel
Don Hessel
I agree Sumer.

Too often the "Image request of the day" is ordered on patients. Someone may have attended a seminar and learned about a certain view and decided that their patients needed it, without understanding the basic concepts or the appropriate situation to use the view. At least with a basic understanding of imaging they may be able to apply their knowledge to keep patient exposure to a minimum (ALARA).
8 years ago
Sumer Sethi
Sumer Sethi
The point that you make about anatomy based on the radiological images is very good, with variants in anatomy. Sometimes i wish i was taught anatomy this way in my medschool,life would be easier.
8 years ago
Francisco Sendra
Francisco Sendra
I agree with you. To define what a basic level includes, maybe we have to think that we are preparing at the University: general physicians with the potentiality to do any speciality.
I think anatomy teaching must be strongly based on diagnostic images. Cadaveric dissections, draws and schemes is a good point to start aunderstanding anatomy but radiology images is the anatomy that students will see during their proffesional practise, including varinats due to age, sex, morphology, etc. Surgeons are the exception but more and more they want (need) to know what hapen inside before to open.
Basics of any diagnostic modality frequently used in the medical practise (XR, CT, MRI, ultraonography are include obviously) must be learn in the undergraduate periode to understand general indications, limits and cost effectivenes (this is related with what and when to order some probe or not).
I think we have also to include basic semiology in undergraduate learning. It makes easier and more rentable to study clinical subjects if the students kow previusly the most important (and basic) signs in radiology, what they mean and what is their utility. In some medical scenarios (like in Spain) family doctors interpret basic XR (chest, abdominal, osterorticular,...) "as a first filter" and call for the radiologist opinion in case of doubt. I think his stressed this need.
8 years ago
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