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

The 19 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 program provides 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.

  • 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
  • Validated 100-question online summative exam available at no additional cost through the 2022-23 subscription year and innovative new formative assessments in development
  • 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.

We are excited to share that innovative new formative assessments are now in development for Aquifer Radiology. 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.

Our current 100-question summative multiple-choice exam will continue to be available through June 2023. For more information, please read our Formative Assessment Update.

Aquifer’s online, validated, summative exam includes 100 multiple choice questions that include a subset of the AMSER Standardized Exam, created by Association of University Radiologists leaders.

The exam is delivered in a secure browser and accompanied by student assessment reports with individual and class data. It can be used to replace or enhance an existing comprehensive assessment or to remediate students.

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

From Our Cases

Educator Resources

In addition to the 19 cases included with this course, the Aquifer Educators Consortium has developed Educator Resources to accompany this course, available to all subscribers. Resources include valuable teaching and learning tools to increase student engagement and maximize efficiency for faculty.

To access these tools, sign in to your Aquifer account and visit the Educator Resources section.

Flipped Classroom Workshops

Learn more about our Flipped Classroom Workshops, available for 18 cases and included with your subscription.

New Educator Guide Available

Course Overview – Integration Strategies – Case Details – Features & Resources

The Educator Guide—available to all subscribers—provides a quick reference guide for all cases, resources, and features included with Aquifer Radiology.

The Educator Guide is ideal for educators who are getting started using Aquifer, or experienced users who want to be sure they are taking advantage of Aquifer’s extensive resources and tools. Learn more…

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

Join our panel of medical educators as they discuss practical tips and strategies to improve your students’ diagnostic imaging and clinical skills using the deep resources in Aquifer Radiology. This session is ideal for radiology educators and faculty in any discipline looking to expand their coverage on diagnostic imaging.

Aquifer Radiology Course Board