Aquifer Radiology
In collaboration with:
Association of University Radiologists & Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology

The 21 interactive virtual patient cases in Aquifer Radiology deliver on the learning objectives of the Association of University Radiologists (AUR) and the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology (AMSER) medical student curriculum.


Aquifer Radiology’s virtual patient cases are realistic case scenarios that demonstrate best-practices—helping students develop clinical reasoning skills that bridge the gap from content to practice. In an era of the increasing importance of evidence-based decision making and reliance on imaging, an understanding of the principles and applications of radiology is vital for today’s healthcare professionals. The National Board of Medical Examiners has recognized this by increasing the imaging component of all United States Medical Licensing Examination exams.

Coming July 1: Embedded Curricular Threads

New embedded threads will provide consistent teaching on interdisciplinary Clinical Excellence topics throughout Aquifer’s core courses. Radiology cases will include new content woven into our existing cases to highlight key principles in palliative care, trauma-informed care, social determinants of health, high value care, diagnostic excellence, and foundations of telemedicine. Learn more…

Course Details

  • Created for educators, by educators, utilizing the American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness criteria
  • Available for institutional subscription or for direct purchase by individual subscribers
  • Access to Aquifer Calibrate: Transformative Assessments for Clinical Learning Mastery, our innovative system for formative assessment, available with your 2023-24 subscription
  • Proven pedagogy that standardizes experiences—overcoming geography, seasonality, and accessibility
  • Evidence-based, peer-reviewed, and continuously updated content
  • Self-assessment questions emphasize key content and enable students to test their knowledge and skills
  • A wealth of source material, tools, and full references in each case
  • Educator resources, including complete flipped classroom PowerPoint workshops for each case—with speaker notes
  • Delivered via the Aqueduct teaching and learning platform, which includes user management options, easy reporting on student progress and course usage, plus tools for creating custom courses to match a specific curriculum

Aquifer Radiology cases teach a patient-centered approach to imaging, foster self-directed and independent study, and build clinical problem-solving skills. The realistic case scenarios teach evidence-based decision making and include excellent interactive radiology resources.

These cases can be used as a stand-alone radiology course during a radiology clerkship or elective, or be incorporated into the appropriate clinical clerkships as part of a custom course created in Aqueduct.  For example, the women’s imaging cases can be incorporated into an Ob-Gyn clerkship, or the neuroimaging cases could be used during a Neurology clerkship, thus teaching imaging at an applicable time.

Aquifer Calibrate, an innovative system for formative assessments, is undergoing pilot testing. The new assessments will combine the concepts of test-enhanced learning and distributed practice to facilitate efficient study planning and self-directed learning for students, and identify at-risk students and curricular gaps for faculty. Calibrate will be included with your Aquifer Radiology subscription for the 2023-24 subscription year.

Our legacy 100-question summative multiple-choice exam will be available through June 2023.

Radiology 01: 23-year-old male: Chest – Infection

Radiology 02: 51-year-old male: Chest – Masses

Radiology 03: 65-year-old male: Chest – Trauma

Radiology 04: 65-year-old female: Chest – Vascular and COPD

Radiology 05: 25-year-old male: GI – Colon and small bowel

Radiology 06: 42-year-old female: GI – Hepatobiliary and pancreas

Radiology 07: 40-year-old female: Renal/GU

Radiology 08: 18-year-old female & 19-year-old male: GI – Trauma

Radiology 09: 34-year-old male: Neuro – Trauma

Radiology 10: 40-year-old male: Neuro – Vascular and HIV

Radiology 11: 8-week old male – Pediatrics A

Radiology 12: 2-month old female – Pediatrics B

Radiology 13: 59-year-old female: MSK – Arthritis, osteomyelitis

Radiology 14: 28-year-old female: Women’s imaging – Pregnancy and infertility

Radiology 15: 43-year-old female: Women’s imaging – Malignancy and screening

Radiology 16: 24-year-old male: MSK – Trauma

Radiology 17: 65-year-old male: Cardiac and Cardiovascular

Radiology 18: Professionalism in Radiology

Radiology 19: 53-year-old female: Oncology

Radiology 20: Interventional Radiology – Vascular

Radiology 21: Interventional Radiology – Nonvascular

From Our Cases

Flipped Classroom Workshops

Complete Aquifer Radiology Flipped Classroom Workshops are available for 18 cases—ready to use in your classroom. Each workshop, designed to be completed in a 60-90 minute session, includes a powerpoint with images and annotations, speaker notes, and a facilitator guide.

User Stories

Learn how Aquifer Radiology can benefit medical students, residents, and faculty in your program:

On-Demand Webinar

Best Practices for Using Aquifer Radiology Across the Curriculum
5 ways to use Aquifer Radiology

Blog: 5 Ways to Use Aquifer Radiology

Aquifer Radiology Course Board