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How to Become a Radiologist – More than 13 years in the making

So you want to become a radiologist? Curious as to what it takes? If so, read below…. Radiologists are physicians who use cutting-edge technology in medical imaging studies to diagnose disease. The training is lengthy, just like any other sub-specialty area in medicine. Lets start from the beginning (disclaimer: the below paragraphs will detail the … Continue reading

Acute Pulmonary Embolism

History: 55 year old male with shortness of breath This is a case of acute pulmonary embolism. A pulmonary embolism is a blood clot which travels via the heart into the arteries that supply blood to the lungs. Typically the blood clot arises from the lower extremities, what is known as a deep vein thrombosis. … Continue reading

Metastatic Neuroblastoma

History: 6 year old male with abdominal pain Unfortunately, this is a case of metastatic neuroblastoma in a 6 year old male which was diagnosed initially on MRI. Neuroblastoma is the most common extracranial solid malignancy in children, and the third most common overall cancer in children. They most commonly arise from the adrenal medulla … Continue reading

Perforated Appendicitis MRI

History: 16 year old with abdominal pain This is a case of perforated appendicitis. Appendicitis usually occurs due to obstruction of the appendix at its origin from the cecum, in this case due to an appendicolith. This causes build up of secretions and mucus within the lumen of the appendix, which then dilates. The resultant … Continue reading

Bicornuate Uterus with Hematometrocolpos and Hydrosalpinx

History: 13 year old female with pelvic pain This is a case of a bicornuate uterus with hydrosalpinx of the right fallopian tube. Read about Imaging of Mullerian Duct Anomalies. Uterine didelphys ultrasound.

Ovarian Dermoid Cyst MRI

History: 14 year old female with right lower quadrant pain This is the appearance of an ovarian dermoid cyst on MRI, also known as a mature teratoma. The name teratoma gives a clue as to the histology of the dermoid cyst, usually containing parenchymal cell types from all three germ cell layers (mesoderm, endoderm, and … Continue reading

MRI for Pediatric Acute Appendicitis

History: 14 year old female with right lower qaudrant pain This is the appearance of pediatric appendicitis on MRI. Intravenous gadolinium contrast aids in visualization of the appendix (as seen in the third image above, the LAVA-Flex sequence MRI). MRI has recently been a hot topic of research in the diagnosis of pediatric appendicitis in … Continue reading