The field of radiology ranges from radiologic technologists to diagnostic and specialized radiology. These professionals work in the field of diagnostic imaging, operating X-rays, CT scans and MRI machines to perform imaging examinations. Students may obtain a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree: however, the best colleges will provide a residency in radiology. While no official radiologic rankings exist, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology will accredit the top radiology colleges, which will offer top-notch clinical and research facilities to provide the best experience and skills possible.

Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, consistently ranked the top university in internal medicine by “U.S. News & World Report,” offers an intensive residency program to post graduates in diagnostic radiology. In this fully JRCERT accredited program, students work in the top nationally ranked hospital to complete their research and clinical work. Residency requires a four-year commitment and encourages an extensive fellowship option. This program also cultivates leadership skills through research and teaching opportunities while providing students with the largest, most experienced and decorated faculty within the field from which to learn.

University of California, San Francisco

The University of California, San Francisco, is home to one of the leading research-based diagnostic radiology residency programs in the U.S. Named the second best internal medicine school in the country by “U.S. News & World Report” for 2014, this fully accredited program offers students a unique chance to work within one of the most diverse populations in the U.S. Residents may perform research within the largest digital library of more than 70,000 cases and in world-renowned clinical laboratories, and they have opportunities to work in conjunction with renowned researchers of surrounding hospitals and universities.

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Stanford University

Stanford University, ranked “U.S. News & World Report’s” second best medical research school and top computer science school for 2014, offers one of the most high-tech and advanced radiology departments in the country in which to complete a radiology residency program. Clinicians and research personnel in the radiology department are internationally acclaimed, providing students a rare opportunity to work not only in top-notch research and training facilities but alongside some of the best professionals in the field. Eight diverse imaging laboratories are available to residents in which to gain experience and conduct research.

Yale University

Yale offers students a plethora of award-winning elements in its radiologic department. Both Yale and Yale-New Haven Hospital ranked within the top five medical schools and top hospitals in the U.S. by “U.S. News & World Report” for 2014. Equipment at Yale is of the most advanced known to the field. Yale provides residency opportunities in the areas of diagnosis, image therapy and bio-imagining research. With four academic research groups within the field of radiology and two full-scale research centers open to students and residents, Yale prides itself on providing the most diverse and challenging research opportunities.

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