ra·​di·​ol·​o·​gy | \ ˌrā-dē-ˈä-lə-jē How to pronounce radiology (audio) \

Definition of radiology

1 : a branch of medicine concerned with the use of radiant energy (such as X-rays) or radioactive material in the diagnosis and treatment of disease
2 : the science of radioactive substances and high-energy radiations

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Recent Examples on the Web Danny Diaz, 33, a radiology technician student in Inwood, N.Y., has been clean and sober for nearly two years. New York Times, "Finding Love Without Alcohol," 29 Dec. 2020 The staff shortages have forced people like Eric Lewallen, a Gulf War veteran and alfalfa farmer who moonlights as a radiology technician, to mount a last line of defense. Arkansas Online, "As virus spreads, Kansas hospital runs out of staff," 7 Dec. 2020 Dozens of radiology products from GE Healthcare contain a critical vulnerability that threatens the networks of hospitals and other health providers that use the devices, officials from the US government and a private security firm said on Tuesday. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "GE puts default password in radiology devices, leaving healthcare networks exposed," 8 Dec. 2020 Chaney was previously in charge of internships and volunteer work in the radiology department, but the program was suspended this year because of COVID-19. Vanessa Arredondo,, "Help with paying off bills relieves family’s worries," 8 Dec. 2020 The five-page report, acquired by the Los Angeles Times, cited pathology and radiology scans, prescriptions, consent forms, and transcripts from phone interviews. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Medical experts have uncovered more evidence of sterilization practices on women held by ICE," 27 Oct. 2020 The surgery and radiology were successful, and nearly nine months after her diagnosis, Quinn secured a new apartment in San Anselmo. Mozes Zarate,, "Season of Sharing helps Marin County artist recover after cancer," 29 Nov. 2020 Now, improvements in radiology imaging technique have enabled the industry to build smaller low-magnetic-field MRIs and move them into the clinical environment—basically, the first portable versions of this equipment. Carolyn Barber, Scientific American, "An Emerging Tool for COVID Times: The Portable MRI," 12 Nov. 2020 Vikash Gupta, a research scientist at Mayo Clinic in Florida working on the use of AI in radiology, says simply adding more diverse data might eliminate bias. Will Knight, Wired, "AI Can Help Diagnose Some Illnesses—if Your Country Is Rich," 11 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of radiology

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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6 Jan 2021

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“Radiology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of radiology

medical : a branch of medicine that uses some forms of radiation (such as X-rays) to diagnose and treat diseases


ra·​di·​ol·​o·​gy | \ -jē How to pronounce radiology (audio) \
plural radiologies

Medical Definition of radiology

1 : the science of radioactive substances and high-energy radiations
2 : a branch of medicine concerned with the use of radiant energy (as X-rays or ultrasound) in the diagnosis and treatment of disease

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