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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 imaging 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 among medical schools in the United States. 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 approved by the IU School of Medicine Office of Graduate Medical Education (GME) and is accredited 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.
Applicants to the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program are required to have an MS or PhD in Medical Physics, preferably from a CAMPEP accredited graduate program (or in a related field with demonstrated knowledge of diagnostic imaging medical physics), as well as knowledge of anatomy, physiology and radiation biology. The candidate must be able to communicate effectively with other physicists, radiologists, technologists and supporting 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 and Radiation Biology.
The Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program curriculum includes the following rotations:
|First-Year Rotations||Second-Year Rotations|
|Orientation and X-ray
Regulations and Standards
|Radiation Shielding and Patient Dosimetry|
|Radiography||Nuclear Medicine Imaging|
|Ultrasound||Advanced Ultrasound Imaging|
|Mammography||Advanced Computed Tomography|
|Computed Tomography||Advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
|PACS System and Image Processing||PET-CT|
|Magnetic Resonance Imaging
and MR Safety
|Self-Study and MOC ABR test|
Residents who complete the program will have high proficiency in:
- Specification, acceptance testing and quality assurance of imaging equipment
- Equipment specifications and how they are used in a request for proposal (RFP)
- Measurement and calculation of radiation exposure and dose
- Improving and maintaining medical image quality
- Training of physicists, clinical diagnostic imaging residents, radiological technologists, ultrasonographers, and other allied health professionals in imaging physics
- Education of health professionals in imaging physics and radiation effects
More details of expected competency upon completion can be found in AAPM report 249, Section 2.5.
Facilities and Equipment
Participants in the Diagnostic Imaging Physics Residency program benefit from a hospital network in Indianapolis that is located within close proximity and connected by a monorail system as well as modern diagnostic imaging equipment.
|IUH University Hospital||5 CTs, 2 MRs, 1 PET/CT, 3 Gamma Cameras, 2 SPECTS, 3 mammography units, 47 X–ray units including 10 C-Arms for IR/Angiography, 15 Ultrasound units
|IUH Methodist Hospital||8 CTs, 6 MRs, 1 PET/CT, 3 Gamma Cameras, 2 SPECTS, 3 mammography, 60 X–ray units including 24 C-Arms for IR/Angiography and 14 catheterization fluoroscopic units, 25 Ultrasound units
|IUH Riley Hospital for Children||3 CTs, 4 MRs, 2 Gamma Cameras, 2 SPECTS, 1 SPECT/CT 26 X–ray units including 8 C-Arms for IR/Angiography, 9 Ultrasound units
|IUH Saxony Hospital||1 CT, 1 MR, 2 mammography, 1 Gamma Camera, 1 SPECT, 11 X-ray units including 3 C-Arms for IR/Angiography and 3 catheterization fluoroscopic units
|IUH Methodist Medical Plazas||4 CTs, 4 MRs, 2 mammography, 21 X-ray units including 5 C-Arms for IR/Angiography