This page is for non-radiologist physicians. Which resources are most helpful to you will depend on your specialty choice. Videos and resources are split up as follows:
PART 1: Resources specific to Non-Radiologists
PART 2: Introduction to Plain Films
PART 3: Videos in CT
PART 4: Case-Based Courses
PART 1: Resources specific to Non-Radiologists
This section covers what you need to know about radiology as a non-radiologist. The focus is NOT imaging interpretation.
i) Choosing the APPROPRIATE Imaging Tests
The ACR appropriateness criteria are evidence based guidelines that will help you make the right decisions when it comes to imaging. Guidelines are organized by clinical scenario (for example: acute chest pain, suspected infective endocarditis, hearing loss or vertigo, etc). To use, click the link below and open the "Narrative and Rating Table" for the relevant clinical scenario.
Quickly accessing these criteria will help you make informed and evidence based decisions surrounding imaging. I strongly suggest that you bookmark the following link for easy access in clinical settings.
ii) Choosing WISELY: Five High Yield Suggestions by the ACR
iii) ON CALL Radiology for Generalists
The focus of this video is NOT imaging interpretation. Rather, it covers high yield radiology-related information that you need to know as a generalist on call. Within each modality, clinical scenarios are presented, and the radiologic considerations are discussed (click to access video @ time of topic):
PART 2: **Introduction to Plain Films**
Plain films are not reported overnight in most hospitals. All non-radiology residents should be confortable with making basic diagnoses on chest and abdominal xrays. The resources below will help you get to that point efficiently. Focus on a basic approach and only the most common pathologies.
i) Chext X-ray
Check out our videos on chest Xray - which include basic anatomy, an approach, and several bread and butter cases. Click here to access the entire playlist
Lieberman's interactive tutorial (Harvard): "Systematic approach to evaluating chest x-rays" (75 minutes)
Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology (amazon link) - quick read, teaches from the ground up, basic introduction, high yield.
Radiology Assistant articles on Chest Xray:
ii) Abdominal X-Ray
This short video (15 minutes) goes through the most high yield basic information you need to know to start interpreting abdominal plain films right away. If you watch this video, you will know enough to interpret the vast majority of routine abdominal xrays.
Additional suggested resources:
Lieberman's interactive tutorial (Harvard): "The abdominal plain film" (90 minutes)
PART 3: **Videos in CT**
Content includes introductory videos and suggested resources. Video on CT Head is a must watch for emergency physicians - watching this video will have you reading CT Heads comfortably in no time.
i) A Practical Introduction to CT
As a medical student, if you are going to watch one thing about CT -- this is the video. You need to understand these basic concepts before looking at anything else related to CT.
Understanding radiographic densities/Hounsfield Units (HU)
Application of HU: importance with clinical example
Windowing in CT: principles and importance of windowing appropriately
Introduction to IV contrast
i) CT Head
Focus on learning basic cross-sectional anatomy and just a conceptual approach to CT head. IMAIOS and headneckbrainspine.com are two resources that will allow you to scroll through images and identify anatomy.
The video highlights include (click bullet point to open video in a new window at content specific time):
ii) CT C-spine
Watch the video and again, focus on anatomy and basic approach. Learning the basic kinds of injuries, as briefly overviewed in this lecture, will also be of benefit. This video includes details that are intended for early on call radiologists. However, introducing these concepts is still helpful.
The video highlights include:
Important measurements you need to know
Overview of injuries, including pearls
Commonly missed findings
iii) CT Chest (and PE studies)
Focus on learning cross-sectional anatomy and basic pathologies. For PE studies, understand the basic principle and signs of acute and chronic PE.
A single video that focuses on only the most essential concepts is currently being made and is coming soon. As a good starting point for now, I suggest the following resources (click to access):
iv) CT Abdomen
Again, primary focus should be on cross-sectional anatomy. Second, have a basic approach and be familiar with some of the most basic acute pathologies that you might see.
A focused video with the most essential concepts is coming soon. As a good starting point for now, I suggest the following resources (click to access):