Diagnostic Radiology Curriculum

The Department of Radiology offers a structured, broad-based residency training program in diagnostic radiology. Over 280,000 radiologic examinations a year are performed. The Radiology group is exceptionally cohesive and enjoys excellent relationships with referring specialty practice groups within the University.

Residents are exposed to the academic and clinical practice of radiology, with the ultimate goal being the successful completion of boards and subsequent excellence in the practice of radiology, whether in the private or the academic setting.

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Abdomen (Body CT/MR/XR, GI/GU)

Locations: Heart and Surgical Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, Professional Plaza, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Description: Adult abdominal radiographs; adult body CT/MRI, including CT/MRI enterography, CT urography, CT/MRI colonoscopy, MRCP studies; various adult fluoroscopy studies, including esophagram, upper GI, upper GI with small bowel follow through, swallow study, tube check, barium enema, and defecography

Cardiac Imaging

Locations: Loma Linda University Medical Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Description: Provide/plan protocols for the cardiac CT/MR and interpret these studies; cardiac nuclear medicine studies. Rotate 1-2x/week with the cardiology service at the VA.

Mammography

Location: Faculty Medical Offices

Description: Mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast MRI studies; participate in management of breast related work-ups: perform/assist with breast biopsies.

Musculoskeletal Imaging

Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Description: Adult bone plain films, MRI, CT, ultrasound; perform arthrograms, joint aspirations, and biopsies.

Diagnostic Neuroradiology

Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Description: Neuro MRI and CT, including head, neck, maxillofacial, orbits, and spine; MR Spectroscopy

Neurointerventional Radiology

Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Description: Inpatient and outpatient procedures, including lumbar punctures, myelograms, epidural blood patches, cerebral angiograms and interventions, epidural injections, carotid stenting, vertebroplasty/kyphoplasty, spine biopsies, discograms, intravascular treatment of acute stroke.

Nuclear Medicine

Locations: Loma Linda University Medical Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Description: All nuclear medicine studies, such as bone scans, GI emptying studies, tagged WBC scans, VQ scans, cerebral perfusion, renograms, PET CT scans, thyroid ablations. The first year resident on this service also participates in a 2 week hot lab to learn about the radiopharmaceuticals, radiation safety, and quality control.

Pediatric Imaging

Location: Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital

Description: Pediatric fluoroscopy studies, including VCUGs, upper GIs, upper GI and small bowel follow throughs, esophagrams, swallow studies, hip aspirations, joint injections; pediatric radiographs, CTs, MRIs, and ultrasounds.

Thoracic Imaging

Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Description: Adult chest radiographs and chest CTs; perform occasional sniff tests.

Ultrasound

Location: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Description: All adult ultrasounds. Resident may also rotate in the maternal fetal medicine clinic and learn to interpret fetal ultrasounds.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Locations: Heart and Surgical Hospital, Loma Linda University Medical Center, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Description: Angiograms and interventions; fistulograms and interventions; venograms and interventions; image guided biopsies and aspirations/drainages; percutaneous gastrostomy, nephrostomy, and biliary catheter tube placement; thoracentesis; paracentesis; hemodialysis catheter placement; etc.

AIRP

During the second half of R3 year, residents have the opportunity to attend a 4-week course in radiologic-pathologic correlation at the Registry of Radiologic Pathology of the American Institute for Radiologic Pathology (AIRP) in Silver Spring, MD, with tuition paid by the department.

Vacation

Residents are allotted 4 weeks (20 days) of paid time off per year.

R1s may have 3 weeks of time off if their July start date is delayed by 1 week, per the GME.

Find more information about resident stipend & benefits here.