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Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency

The Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program at IU School of Medicine is a two-year program designed to provide training for imaging physicists to achieve competency in all areas of clinical diagnostic physics. This program leverages the resources available from IU Health, one of the leading hospital systems in the United States, with one of the largest radiology training programs at a U.S. medical school. Residents who complete this program are well-prepared to practice as independent clinical diagnostic physicists and to apply for initial certification by the American Board of Radiology in Diagnostic Imaging Physics. The program is in the application process for accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).

Clinical Experience with Specialty Experts

At IU School of Medicine, the Department of Radiology is dedicated to providing the optimal educational environment for its residents. The program strives to facilitate close relationships among residents and the faculty. By maintaining small class sizes, each resident can receive personalized attention and a customized learning experience.

Teaching faculty in the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program include Yun Liang, PhD, DABRChen Lin, PhD, DABRColleen DesRosiers, PhD, DABRGary D. Hutchins, PhDMark Green, PhD, Mack Richard, MS, CHP, Keith Stantz, PhDUlrike Dydak, PhD

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program are required to have a MS or PhD in Medical Physics, preferably from a Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) approved graduate program (or in a related field with demonstrated knowledge of medical imaging physics) as well as knowledge of anatomy, physiology and radiation biology.  The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with radiologists, technologists and other medical/physics staff.

Residents entering this program are expected to have acquired a strong foundation in basic physics. Residents who have not completed a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program and have not passed equivalent courses prior to the start of the residency are required to have a passing grade in the following courses or equivalent. Incoming residents are allowed to remediate a maximum of two of these required courses.

  • Principles of Radiation Detection and Measurement
  • Principles of Health Physics and Dosimetry
  • Introduction to Medical Diagnostic Imaging
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Radiation Biology

Program Progression

A minimum of four years of graduate medical education is required to complete this residency program. To complete the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency, residents must satisfy the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) didactic requirements. Residents who complete the program have high proficiency in:

  • Specification, acceptance testing, and quality assurance of imaging equipment to meet diagnostic standards
  • Measurement, calculation, and understanding of radiation dose, exposure, and effects
  • Improving and maintaining medical image quality
  • Training physicists, clinical residents, radiological/ultrasound technologists, and other health professionals in diagnostic radiology
  • Education of health professionals in diagnostic imaging physics and radiation effects

The residency program curriculum includes fourteen rotations:

Name of Rotation (Year 1)Length of Rotation
Raiography/Fluoroscopy I2 months
CT3 months
MRI3 months
Ultrasound2 months
Mammography2 months
Name of Rotation (Year 2)Length of Rotation
Computer Systems1 month
Radiation Protection1 month
Teach/Research/Professional2 months
Special Procedures2 months
Radiography/Fluoroscopy II1 month
PET/CT1 month
CT II1 month
MRI II1 month
General Practice1 month
Nuclear Medicine1.5 month

Find detailed competency requirements in AAPM report 90, Section 1.5.

Facilities and Equipment

Participants in the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program benefit from a hospital network that is located within close proximity and connected by a monorail system as well as modern diagnostic imaging equipment.