Diagnostic Radiology Educational Resources

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OHSU is the state’s only academic health center, drawing students, scientists, and patients from across the country and globe. We serve more than a quarter of a million patients each year with innovative care and treatment models based on the latest knowledge available. OHSU researchers continue to make breakthrough discoveries in an environment that fosters unique multidisciplinary and collaborative approaches to the most intractable problems in human health.

Sub-specialties and their fellowships

Joshua P. Nickerson, M.D., Neuroradiologist and Radiology Residency Co-Director, at a PACS work station reading studies.
Josh Nickerson, M.D., Neuroradiologist and Radiology Residency Co-Director, at a PACS workstation reading studies.

The Department of Diagnostic Radiology at OHSU employs sub-specialized radiologists and several full-time staff physicists. We have a multitude of reading rooms equipped with PACS workstations for reviewing and dictating scans. Image processing workstations including Philips, Invivo, and AGFA are available for image analysis, perfusion, DTI, and functional MR imaging processing.

We are committed to training the next generation of radiologists to continue advancing the role of imaging in clinical care and research. Approximately 140,000 examinations are performed in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology each year. In addition, the affiliated Portland VA Medical Center and Shriners Children’s Hospital are co-located on the Marquam Campus, increasing the department’s exposure to a wide variety of clinical pathologies. The department’s advanced facilities and expert mentors give radiologists-in-training the skills required to become well-rounded clinicians and leaders in academic biomedical imaging.

Imaging Sections: Body Imaging | Cardiothoracic Imaging | Musculoskeletal Neuroradiology | Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Pediatric Radiology | Women's Imaging

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Diversity and inclusion

On both a departmental and institutional level, one of OHSU’s main priorities is recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Our department has a very strong female presence, well above the national average for radiology. We have a dedicated Women in Radiology group whose mission is to provide solidarity, camaraderie, and mentorship to female residents, fellows, and faculty. Our Diversity and Inclusion committee meets regularly to discuss and plan on how to make a difference in our department but also in generations to come.


Diagnostic Radiology Resident in Biopsy Skills lab

OHSU's Diagnostic Radiology residency program is a fully accredited ACGME program. This four-year program is designed to offer an educational experience that encompasses all imaging techniques. Our program is designed to provide balance between supervised case interpretation, didactic lectures, research opportunity, and patient care. Learn how it apply to our program.

More Radiology education

Medical Students at the SOM White Coat Ceremony

Our medical students program is designed to prepare you with the basics about radiology and will help you understand the role of radiology in medicine for your future career whether you plan on specializing in radiology or not. Visit our medical student page for more information.

Due to the number of requests we get for students to shadow Radiologists, this policy provides a basic outline for what is to be expected by the student, the radiologist and the office staff.  This policy is intended for students interested in acquiring a medical degree and going on to specialize in Radiology.  All those interested in non-physician radiology roles such as a technologist should go through PCC.

  • Medical students, OHSU or Visiting, must go through the Dean’s office.
  • Visiting residents should go through the GME office.
  • All visiting residents and high school students must be granted permission to shadow by a current OHSU Radiologist who will be the visitor’s preceptor and provide the curriculum.

Undergraduate or high school students

This policy is intended for students interested in acquiring a medical degree and going on to specialize in Radiology.  All those interested in non-physician radiology roles such as a technologist should go through PCC.  All students who are interested in shadowing a Radiologist should first obtain permission by contacting a member of the faculty directly.  High school students are encouraged to go through special programs already in place such as Saturday Academy or HOSA.  All high school students are limited to one day.


Radiologists who have agreed to preceptor a student or resident should:

Notify their admin with:

  • Name of the visitor
  • Visitor contact information
  • Dates at OHSU
  • Outline a basic curriculum including any other Radiologists or sections involved and expectations the radiologist has of the visitor

Requirements prior to your visit to OHSU

The following items are required by radiology at least 2 weeks prior to shadowing. (The GME office or Dean’s Office have additional requirements and require more than 2 weeks.)

  • Background check
  • Letter from OHSU Radiologist:
    • Name of visitor
    • Name and location of High school, medical school or residency
    • Dates they will be at OHSU
    • Basic outline of the curriculum to be provided including expectations the radiologist has of the visitor
  • Big Brain Registration
    • HIPAA
    • Respect at the University
    • Integrity Education Booster and Patient Confidentiality Statement
  • $20 for an OHSU Badge

Imaging technologists

Diagnostic Radiology Vascular Technologists

The Department of Diagnostic Radiology employs technologists trained in all imaging modalities. We do not, however, have a training program of our own. X-ray students from the Portland Community College program and ultrasound students from the Oregon Institute of Technology program complete their externships at our hospitals and clinics. They receive exposure to the wide variety of exams and pathologies that are available at a university hospital complex. For more information about the programs, follow these links:

PCC Radiography

OIT Medical Imaging

Education is important to us, we don't just train future radiologists, we can even help with your goal of becoming a technologist. OHSU Department of Diagnostic Imaging employees over 150 technologists and is a vital role of our team. OHSU partners with Portland Community College, Pioneer Pacific College and Oregon Tech. These programs are accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the national organization dealing with the accreditation of radiological technological training programs.

Radiologic technologists are the medical personnel who perform diagnostic imaging examinations and administer radiation therapy treatments. They are educated in anatomy, patient positioning, examination techniques, equipment protocols, radiation safety, radiation protection and basic patient care.

"If you are considering a career in radiography, radiation therapy, magnetic resonance, or medical dosimetry, you will want to choose an accredited educational program to prepare you for your career. Successful completion of a JRCERT-accredited program assures you that you will be provided with the knowledge, skills, and professional values required for career success. The JRCERT monitors performance measures of programs and makes this information available to the public. Click on this link to find a program and then click "View" to see the Program Effectiveness Data for that program." 1

Our program is nationally accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT), the only accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education in radiography. We elect to obtain this accreditation because we believe in the integrity of our curriculum, our values, and the high quality of our graduates.

Portland Community College Associate of Applied Science Degree
Oregon TECH Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science

1Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology

Radioactive Sticker and Geiger Counter

OHSU offers an Oregon Medical Physics Program. In 2006 Oregon State University (OSU) and Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) came together to create a program called the Oregon Medical Physics Program (OMPP).  The OMPP is the only  CAMPEP-accredited program in the Northwest. 

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Radiology CME grand rounds and visiting professors

Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. If you have any questions or would like to be a speaker please contact Katie Manoogian.

Diagnostic Radiology Visiting Professor Grand Rounds

We invite professors from around the country to speak at our institution to enhance our residents and local radiologists knowledge base.  Our visiting lecturers can be viewed online via live streaming in case you are unable to join us in person. Our target audience for our lectures are OHSU local and Regional, Primary Care Physicians, Specialty Physicians, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners. CME is available. Contact us to be added to our email list and be notified of future lectures.

Explore our archive videos of past visiting lecturers.