We have created this resource to provide basic content in Diagnostic Imaging (Radiology, Medical Imaging). Hopefully, learners who find this encounter interesting will use this resource as a stepping stone to further their education in this area.
Throughout, you will find normal images and images of different abnormalities. The images displayed are simple, static, JPEG files, and although they will help you learn, they do not accurately represent the imaging that clinicians would use in their practice. To do so, you require a Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which allows clinicians to interact with the images by zooming, changing level and window, annotating, and scrolling through sets of images. If these terms are unfamiliar, you will be more acquainted with them after reading the Principles of Imaging Techniques section of this eBook.
To help you better appreciate normal and abnormal images, you can view images in the Online Dicom Image Navigator (ODIN), which provides images in a PACS-like format. Access to the full image sets is provided by clicking the links to ODIN cases. Please take advantage of these links to enhance your learning experience.
The structure and content of this work has been guided by the curricula developed by the European Society of Radiology, the Royal College of Radiologists, the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology, with guidance and input from Canadian Radiology Undergraduate Education Coordinators, and the Canadian Heads of Academic Radiology (CHAR).
We hope that you will find our work interesting and useful. We will gratefully accept any constructive comments, or suggestions, you may have that will help to enhance the quality and usefulness of our efforts.
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