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Diagnostic Radiology Imaging Physics Course


Course Description

This course provides radiology residents with an understanding of the physical principles and theories involved in diagnostic imaging modalities. For each imaging modality, the image formation process along with important image quality metrics (noise, low-contrast resolution, spatial resolution, etc…) and their relation to image appearance are discussed. The course uses the AAPM curriculum and the RSNA web modules to provide clinical relevance and to aid each resident in preparing for the ABR board examination. Additionally, basic radiation safety, radiation biology, radiation protection, and radiation risk are discussed. The course objective is to provide the radiology resident with an understanding of current imaging technology and of the physical principles that drive image quality and radiation dose.

R2 Syllabus

R3 Syllabus

R4 Syllabus

RSNA/AAPM Module Link

ABR Diagnostic Radiology CORE Exam Study Guide (p. 73 Physics)


Meeting Time/Location

Day:         Thursday
Time:        2-3 p.m.
Location:   UWMC Room #RR-202



Dear R3 Residents,

All of the responses to Quiz #1, covering the fundamentals of radiology, imaging science, biology, and radiation risks, have been received. The exams are in the process of being graded. Once the grading has been completed, you will be notified of your individual results.

If you have any other questions or problems related to the exam, please contact Nathan Bell (nobell@uw.edu).

Nate B. (for Dr. Kalpana Kanal)