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Test your Medical Imaging Knowledge

Do you consider yourself to be sonography-savvy…ready with radiological knowledge…a master of medical imaging information? Test your know-how in our fun trivia quiz. Scroll down to see how many questions you answered correctly!


1. As you probably know ultrasound exams do not involve the use of radiation. Which of these other medical imaging modalities does not use radiation?

a. CT scan
b. PET Scan
c. MRI
d. X-ray

2. Wilhelm Roentgen was a German physicist and he is credited with discovering the X-ray in 1895. What was the first human body part he imaged?

3. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, which occupation is projected to have 46.0% employment growth, and 35,300 job openings (due to growth and replacement needs), between 2012 and 2022?

4. What is the name of the Nobel Prize winner, known for her research in radioactivity, but also for her direct work pioneering radiology/X-ray to help with treating wounded soldiers during World War I?

5. It’s thought that ultrasound was used for what medical purpose before being used as a diagnostic tool?

6. An interactive exhibit at the British Museum  reveals findings from non-invasively scanning eight of the museum’s 120 mummies. What imaging modality was used to scan the mummies?

7. Which modality, introduced in the 1970s and used to detect brain disorders, cancers and other diseases, is the most common molecular imaging procedure?

8. Which city is home to The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History, which includes an exhibit on Nuclear Medicine?

9. Which occupation, depending on specialty, involves performing echocardiograms (ultrasounds of the heart), EKGs and/or helping prepare patients for, and monitoring their heart rate and blood pressure during, open-heart surgeries.

10. Who is considered the “Father of Medical Ultrasound”?



1. c. MRI does not use radiation. It uses radio waves and a magnetic field.

2. He X-rayed his wife Bertha’s hand.

3. Diagnostic medical sonographers [Source: www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_102.htm]

4, Marie Curie. Estimates state that Marie Curie’s X-ray units imaged more than one million soldiers to help doctors identify broken bones, shrapnel, bullets, etc. She convinced manufacturers and body shops to donate vehicles and convert them into mobile radiology centers (nicknamed petites Curies) which traveled to the frontlines. Sadly, it is thought that Curie died from prolonged exposure to radiation, but this legacy also contributed to significantly enhancing radiographic/radiological safety measures.

5. Therapeutic purposes (i.e. physical therapy).

6. Computed tomography (CT) scans, allowing them to examine the mummies without unwrapping them. Details like a medieval tattoo, hair, evidence of dental disease and even cardiovascular disease were found.

7. PET (Positron emission topography) Scans

8. Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to this museum that has the slogan “Reactions Welcome.”

9. Cardiovascular technologists/technicians

10. John J. Wild (1914-2009), who was born in England and began pioneering ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in the U.S.

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