Encyclopedia of Public Health

2008 Edition
| Editors: Wilhelm Kirch

Radiology

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-5614-7_2914

Definition

Radiology is the field of medicine that is concerned with the use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. The historic methods, which are still frequently used, are X-rays for diagnosis of disease and X-rays and gamma rays for the treatment of disease, both based on the use of ionizing radiation. Radiology furthermore comprises the use of isotopes and non-ionizing radiation like ultrasound waves and nuclear resonance imaging (MRI).

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