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Useful radiology resources with reviews


There are many books and online resources available to those studying radiology. Here we provide you with a list of commonly used resources with descriptions and reviews of their content, so that you can tailor your studying. Click the links to buy the books or visit the various websites!



Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology: 2-Volume Set (By A Adam et al.): Defining two-volume set of books covering all aspects of radiology. These books are often found in radiology departments and is a great go to reference text whenever you are unclear on something.

Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology Essentials (By LA Grant et al.): Single volume shorthand version of the 2-volume Grainger & Allison book. Often bought by trainees as a reference text for use at home.

Crack the Core Exam: 2-Volume Set (By P Lionhart): Ideal as a revision guide for MCQ preparation. This book comes highly recommended by almost all who have passed the FRCR 2a. While it does not have many images, it is the principal text for MCQ preparation. With its easy to understand, straight to the point style this book is a must have for radiology trainees.

Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide (By N Raby et al.): Useful introduction to plain film trauma assessment. This text can be read quite quickly and provides a good overview of trauma film findings. It contains some really useful diagrams and a good number of examples/radiographs. Also, at the end of each section the author describes the common pitfalls to look out for which is very useful. In our opinion this book is must read for radiology trainees and emergency doctors.

The Chest X-Ray: A Survival Guide (By G de Lacey et al.): Comprehensive guide to chest radiograph interpretation. This text is packed with explanations and illustrations, which are sufficiently good that you can teach yourself how to report chest radiographs.

Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology (By CA Helms): Conversational and practical approach to skeletal radiology. This book is especially good for the evaluation of lytic and sclerotic bone lesions on plain film.


Radiographics: Reliable source of up to date, fully referenced educational articles.

Radiopaedia: A widely used wiki-based resource that is endlessly helpful when you are looking for a quick refresher about a topic.

Radiology Assistant: Step by step approach to the assessment of disease with imaging. This site covers all common diseases and succinctly guides you through the identification of pathology. The annotated images provide an excellent complement to the already helpful text.

STATdx: Gold standard, comprehensive online resource that provides clear, succinct explanations of pathology accompanied by useful key images. The only drawback is the price.

RadReport: Templates for reporting provided by the RSNA. The use of a reporting template is not to everyone's taste, however, for trainees having a structure to your report will make sure you remember to look at all the relevant areas.

LinesTubes: Online bank of images showing the appearances of the many different lines and tubes encountered in practice.

RadPrimer: High quality question resource useful for examination preparation.



Weir & Abrahams' Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy (By JD Spratt et al.): Principal comprehensive anatomy atlas that is widely used by those studying for the FRCR anatomy exam. This book is purely an image based text, there is no explanatory text.

Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging (By S Ryan et al.): This book has fewer images than Weir & Abrahams', but it does provide prose descriptions of anatomy and explanations of its clinical relevance.

First FRCR Anatomy: Practice Cases (By C Tingerides et al.): 62 head & neck cases, 33 chest cases, 58 abdomen & pelvis cases, 45 musculoskeletal cases, and 40 mock papers cases. Each case has 5 questions. Total number of questions: 1190.

First FRCR Anatomy: Mock Papers (By M Budak et al.): 15 mock papers with 20 cases per paper. Each case has 5 questions. Total number of questions: 1500.

Radiological Anatomy for FRCR Part 1 (By P Borg et al.): In addition to general adult anatomy, this book includes specific chapters on paediatrics (100 questions) and normal variants (20 questions). Total number of questions: 920.

FRCR Part 1: Cases for the anatomy viewing paper (By JD Thomas): 8 mock papers each with 20 cases per paper. Each case has 5 questions. Total number of questions: 800.

Get Through First FRCR: Questions for the Anatomy Module (By G Mair et al.): 40 head & neck cases, 30 chest cases, 20 upper limb cases, 21 abdomen cases, 19 pelvis cases, 20 lower limb cases, and 20 mock papers cases. Each case has 5 questions. Total number of questions: 850.


E-anatomy: Easy-to-use site that is the most thorough online anatomy atlas. Requires annual paid subscription. Comprehensive scrollable tutorials on brain/spine anatomy. Well worth bookmarking this page if studying for an anatomy exam!

Musculoskeletal MRI: Free site that has labelled MR imaging of the musculoskeletal system.

Anatomy Zone: Useful video series on human anatomy. The 3D images are especially good when it comes to musculoskeletal anatomy.

Teach Me Anatomy: Cartoon illustrations and text based anatomy.

Radiology Café: Hundreds of free anatomy questions designed to replicate the FRCR exam.

FRCR Academy: Online question bank suitable for FRCR preparation.

Revise Radiology: Easy to use online anatomy question bank.



Farr's Physics for Medical Imaging (By PJ Allisy-Roberts & J Williams): Defining physics text for the FRCR physics exam. Does not contain detailed explanations of principles, but is a condensed synopsis of the important, underlying principles. Many people find this book alone a good enough resource to pass the exam.

Physics for Diagnostic Radiology (By PP Dendy & B Heaton): A large text that offers explanation of radiological physics. This book is too wordy to use as a primary text, but it is good as an alternative resource if you are unclear on a particular topic. Be aware that MRI is not covered in sufficient detail by this text. The book contains a number of practice questions at the back.

A Radiologist's Notes on Physics for the FRCR Exam [eBook] (By G Pettet): Bullet point approach to the basics of radiological physics. Although you will need another text to explain the principles to you, this book is a good collection of notes for review.

MRI Made Easy (By HH Schild): An easy to understand and quick book to read that addresses the basic principles of MRI. Excellent first book to read on the topic of MR imaging.

MRI at a Glance (By C Westbrook): A moderately detailed explanation of MRI with plenty of illustrations.

Succeeding in the FRCR Part 1 Exam (Physics Module) (By P Bhogal et al.): Good first question book to test yourself and learn from when studying for the FRCR examination.

Physics MCQs for the Part 1 FRCR (By S Ilyas et al.): Challenging physics questions well suited for FRCR preparation.

MCQs for the First FRCR (By V Vardhanabhuti et al.): Tough but fair physics questions relevant to FRCR preparation.


Radiology - Integrated Training Initiative: Comprehensive collection of online modules, produced by the RCR, covering topics relevant to the FRCR physics exam. There are a lot of modules to work through, but they provide good coverage of the testable material and contain good explanations.

FRCR Academy: Online question bank well suited to the FRCR preparation. Useful simple explanation of x-ray physics with accompanying test questions. A question and answer approach to understanding MRI. Provides good explanations accompanied by useful illustrations. Useful not only for exam preparation, but also for detailed questions that may arise in clinical practice.

FRCR Physics Notes: Free collection of physics notes created by a radiology registrar and hosted by Radiology Cafe. An excellent series of notes to guide you through the basic principles.