A Brief Description of the Radiology Training Programs
Radiology is one branch of medicine that uses the radiation imaging procedures like the MRI, Ultrasound, CT scans, PET,X-rays etc. in order to diagnose as well as treat various diseases that might be difficult to treat otherwise. It is necessary that the radiologist who is responsible for carrying out these tests is competitive enough to make the correct images and then analyze them to diagnose the illness as well as the afflicted region. There is no doubt that the radiology is a very competitive field. This field is seeing rapid expansion due to the various developments that are taking place in the filed of computer technology. Some of the prerequisites for the radiology training are that they must have completed atleast 13 years of post-high school education, 8 years of medical school, and 4 years of post-graduate training.
In the radiology training, the first year of post graduation is a transitional year comprising of various rotations, or sometimes with a preliminary internship in medicine or surgery. After that four years of diagnostic radiology residency follows. In order to become a successful radiologist, it is imperative that the resident pass a medical physics board exam that includes the study of ultrasound, CTscans, x-rays, MRI and the nuclear medicine. Near the completion of the course the resident radiologist in training can take the written and oral board examinations that are conducted by the American board of radiology (ABR).
Once the residential course is over, the radiologist can begin their practice or enroll for sub-specialty training programs that are known as the fellowships.