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

Examples of radiology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The system also kept open the lab and radiology department as well as a fitness center. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "One rural hospital failed. Another stepped in. But Anthem isn't happy.," 12 Nov. 2019 Doing radiology on it would have put a cap on my life. Jill Martin, CNN, "NFL-er Trent Williams says he had a cancerous growth on his scalp and his team didn't do anything about it," 1 Nov. 2019 Two buildings would be demolished for this expansion, the radiology administrative building and the old operating pavilion. Anne Saker,, "Bigger, better ER focus of $221 million revamp for University of Cincinnati Medical Center," 29 Oct. 2019 Gill's case is lucky and remarkable, but women should not forgo mammograms for thermal images, says Dr. Rachel Brem, a radiology professor and the director of breast imaging and intervention at the George Washington University Medical Center. Sarah Jackson, NBC News, "Woman says thermal camera spotted breast cancer. Not so fast, experts say.," 25 Oct. 2019 So, the radiology profession is often considered under threat because of AI. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "The MBBS has lost its relevance in India, says the man behind the world’s cheapest hospital," 15 Sep. 2019 In the case of radiology, the entire job can be done remotely. New York Times, "How Medicine Became the Stealth Family-Friendly Profession," 23 Aug. 2019 Jay Lin, 40, worked as an assistant professor for radiology at Baylor College of Medicine when he was arrested July 31 on a charge of online solicitation of a minor, a second-degree felony, officials said. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Houston doctor arrested in undercover sting targeting sexual predators," 19 Aug. 2019 That means all emergency care; emergency ambulance transport; and ancillary services delivered at an in-network facility such as anesthesiology, radiology, pathology, assistant surgery, and tests and imaging. Michael Hiltzik,, "Opponents launch constitutional attack on laws to end surprise medical bills," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of radiology

1900, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Nov 2019

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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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