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- Tips for radiology residents
- Fundamentals of Radiology
- General Radiology
- Chest Radiology
- Body Imaging
- Gastrointestinal Radiology
- Musculoskeletal radiology (MSK)
- Head and Neck Imaging
- Emergency Radiology
- Pediatric Radiology
- Medical Imaging physics
- Imaging Anatomy
- Procedures and Interventional radiology (IR)
- Nuclear Medicine
- Cardiac Imaging
- Mammography and breast imaging
- Books for the MD/DNB/DMRD theory exams
- Case-based imaging and spotter books
- Books for the ABR core exams and boards
- Recommended Books for the FRCR exam
- Resources and books for medical students
- Radiology books for entrance exams like NEET/AIIMS / PGI
- Free resources for radiology residents
Radiology is a vast subject and there are tons of books available. Given the shortage of time, a radiology resident needs to carefully choose what books he should read.
Here are some tips regarding radiology books and resources:
Tips for radiology residents
Start with standard textbooks
There are lots of resources available on the internet, including articles, case collections, and e-books. But trust me as a first-year resident you SHOULD start off by reading standard textbooks. Because there are so many resources on the internet, you will end up collecting them / browsing through them without reading them. These are definitely great resources and you should use them, but once you have got your basics clear by reading books.
Read physical books
Keep reference books handy on your iPad and Kindles, especially the normal radiological anatomy books, while you are reporting. You can read about a particular case when you encounter one during your practice But for building up core concepts, you SHOULD stick to physical books!
Get in the habit of taking notes. A neat trick that I used was to stick on additional notes from articles into a standard book, so when I had to revise the topic I do not have to hunt elsewhere. You can also keep a small notebook or diary handy for taking notes during conferences. Alternatively, the iPad has some great note-taking apps like Notability and Good notes.
Now coming to the question that got you here: What are some good radiology books?
I have compiled the books that I found useful during my residency and fellowship. I know the list is long and it is not economically viable for a first-year radiology resident to buy ALL books, but you can always read the reference books in the library or alternatively share books with your colleagues.
Here is the system-wise list of recommended radiology books:
Fundamentals of Radiology
You need to have a basic”go-to” book, especially when you start your residency. I have listed a few books in this category. You can select ONE of these depending on your reading style and where you are doing your radiology residency.
- The #1 recommended book by radiology residents in this category.
- Full of images and illustrations for each topic (true to its name: “a visual approach”)
- Concise and to-the-point.
- Certain topics may not be covered in-depth, for which you can refer to the subspeciality books listed below.
- Used to be the best foundation book for radiology until Core Radiology took over that position.
- The newer edition has expanded sections for cardiology and interventional radiology (IR).
- Make sure you get the version that is divided into volumes, which is easier to carry.
- The #1 recommended book for radiology residents in India.
- This is the book that I read during my residency.
- This is what most of the examiners (in India and few other South Asian countries ) have read and follow so a must-have to clear the practicals.
- Although it is difficult to read two basic radiology books, I think Sutton and Grainger are complimentary.
- The chapter on Abdominal Radiograph is a must-read for exams.
- This along with Grainger & Allison’s Diagnostic Radiology 5th Edition Single Best Answer MCQs is a great resource for the FRCR exam.
- This handbook is quintessential for all radiology residents and is MUST read for practicals.
- The updated 7th edition has divided the differentials into most common, less common and rare. These are now easier to recollect than the monotonous list in the previous versions.
- Also, do have a look at the second part of the book. It gives around 30-40 disease entities with point-wise radiology findings for each. Precise and easy to revise.
- Dahnert is a reference book for differentials.
- Has good illustrations which can come in handy in the theory exams. The illustrations for radiological signs in Hydatid disease is excellent!
- Do keep in mind that the book does not have radiological images. The text can get monotonous without accompanying images.
- Very good general radiology book first-year radiology residents.
- Compiled by radiologists from the website learningradiology.com.
- Small handbook which discusses practical radiology issues like radiation safety and contrast reactions
- Must have in any radiology department.
- Read the full review here.
- Reference book a copy of which is usually kept in all radiology departments.
- Difficult to remember positioning just by reading. The best way is to head to the radiography department. (We used to not only acquire radiographs during emergencies but also used to develop them manually!! ).
- Primer of Diagnostic Imaging: Lot of simple line diagrams for which you can reproduce in the theory exams.
- The Final FRCR: Complete Revision Notes: This is a good book to revise topics a few days before the theory/ practical exam.
- A basic book that all radiology residents should read.
- Gives an overview of Chest Radiology.
- All students will at least have one case with a chest radiograph in their finals and you MUST know the standard definitions of standard radiology signs (the silhouette sign, thoracic-abdominal sign, etc ) as given in Felson.
- More structured than the original Felson.
- Easier to understand.
- Lots of illustrations make it easy to understand.
- Excellent book to understand the complex topic of interstitial lung diseases.
- Illustrations and images are top-notch.
- Covers majority of the topics really well.
- Excellent textbook.
- Covers CT and MR protocols really well.
- One of the few books that give GI fluoroscopy procedures well.
- An alternative book for Fluoroscopy
Musculoskeletal radiology (MSK)
- A great book to start off in the first year.
- Covers focal bony lesion really well.
- It doesn’t cover MR really well.
- Excellent book for skeletal radiology.
- Chapters on tumors and arthritis are a must-read for exams
- Again MR isn’t covered well.
- Great book for basic MSK MRI for joints.
- Lucid and to the point text.
- THE bible for MSK radiology.
- You can do selective reading during your residency.
- A good book to read up after your residency if you develop an interest in MSK radiology.
- The ONLY book you will need for neuroradiology.
- In case you finish reading Osborn, this is the next book you can refer to.
- Excellent book for pediatric neuroimaging but an overkill at a resident level.
Head and Neck Imaging
- Small textbook but the illustrations cover anatomy in detail
- A good book to start with head neck anatomy.
- THE reference book for Head and Neck Radiology.
- Although a separate book may not be needed if you are interested in Emergency and Trauma Radiology, this is an excellent text
- This is also the recommended book for the FRCR 2B exam
- At a resident level, a separate book is not needed for pediatrics.
- For dedicated reading during fellowship or after residency following books are recommended:
- A good book to start off during your first year.
- Covers obstetrics USG in detail as well.
- Includes free online access to sonography videos.
- Covers Basic Doppler physics, neck vessel, ba and peripheral Doppler really well.
- Advanced book for fetal imaging.
Medical Imaging physics
- Great book to start off during the first year.
- Covers basic X-ray and fluoroscopy physics quite well.
- Not that good for USG/CT/MR physics.
- Covers everything from radiography to nuclear medicine.
- Concise text with reproducible line diagrams.
- Must read for those interested in appearing for the FRCR.
- One of the best reads for radiation protection.
The Fundamentals of X-Ray and Radium Physics by Joseph Selman
- Darkroom, film recovery and qualities affecting film quality are topics to be referred to.
- X-ray film and grids are given well.
- MUST read.
- Covers all aspects of MR physics.
- MR artifacts are covered really well. Often asked in the theory exams as a long question.
- A good alternative is MRI in Practice by Catherine Westbrook.
- You can start off with our anatomy page where we have covered references for almost all systems. If you want any other system, feel free to request here.
- Links to other important anatomy resources are also available on the page.
- An excellent textbook to start off during the first year.
- Covers radiography and cross-section anatomy as well.
- Three volumes covering imaging anatomy
- A good book to refer to when you are reporting CT and MR
- All images are accompanied by line diagrams which makes it easy to understand.
- Concise books for anatomy.
- These are textbooks than atlases.
- Recommended for the FRCR by a few radiologists.
Procedures and Interventional radiology (IR)
- Must read for all residents.
- Do not skip the chapters on intervention instruments and tools.
- Covers all routine procedures including GI and GU.
- Chapters on interventions and instruments is helpful for viva.
- Good book if you have an intervention department.
- Not required for most radiology residents program worldwide as the programs are separate.
- Useful for FRCR and some residency programs:
- At a resident level dedicated books on Cardiac imaging are not necessary.
- Here is a good resource for an introduction to Cardiac MRI: Cardiac MRI – The basics
- For further reading: Cardiac Imaging: The Requisites
Mammography and breast imaging
- At a resident level dedicated books on mammography are not necessary.
- Following articles from Radiology Assistant are a great start:
- For further reading:
I don’t think separate books are needed for cardiac imaging, pediatrics and breast imaging at a resident level. General radiology books cover these systems quite well. For practicing radiologists the radiology requisites series is good for specialty reading.
Books for the MD/DNB/DMRD theory exams
- These books do not need a separate introduction.
- Most read books for theory exams.
- Covers most of the questions asked in the exams.
- Recent advances books is a must-read for viva as well.
Case-based imaging and spotter books
- Dedicate book for each system.
- Cases and the explanation that follows is good.
- Online access comes free with the books which have additional cases for each system.
- Case-based teaching series similar to RadCases.
Books for the ABR core exams and boards
- Living up to its name it has some excellent images and illustrations.
- Also a great introductory book for first-year radiology residents.
Books authored by Prometheus MD. These are highly rated by radiology residents and are a MUST read for the boards.
- Crack the Core Exam – Volume 1
- Crack the Core Exam – Volume 2
- Crack the Core Exam: Case Companion
- Radiologic Physics: War Machine
Here is a good great guide for the ABR core exam by Dr. Mustafa Alhasan
Recommended Books for the FRCR exam
Although the FRCR exam has been covered in detail in a separate post, we have listed the book recommendations for the exam.
First FRCR examination
- Farr’s Physics for Medical Imaging. THE most important text.
- MCQs for the First FRCR (Oxford Specialty Training: Revision Texts) – by Vardhanabhuti and Gray James is the MCQ book I followed and found very useful and representative of the exam questions. Every chapter of this MCQ book follows that of Farr’s Physics for Medical Imaging and it is ideal to do them together.
- FRCR Physics Notes: Beautiful revision notes for the First FRCR Physics exam
- Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy’ by Abrahams. is sufficient.
Final FRCR part A examination
- SBAs for the Final FRCR 2A (Oxford Specialty Training: Revision Texts): Part 1 and Part 2: –2 books with 600 single best answers each- by Robin Proctor.
- Get Through FRCR Part 1: MCQs and Mock Examination.
- SBAs for the Final FRCR 2A – The Oxford book, by Richard Lindsay : I found this book to be most representative of the exam.
- SBAs for the Final FRCR 2A – The Cambridge book, by Stuart Currie.
- Revision Notes for Final FRCR Part A by Kshitji Mankad.
- If you are reading Grainger and Allison’s Textbook of Diagnostic Radiology, a companion MCQ book is available. I worked out the MCQ book and revised the textbook retrospectively.
Final FRCR part B examination:
- Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide – MUST READ for Rapid reporting.
- Final FRCR 2B Viva: A Survival Guide.
- FRCR 2B Viva: A Case-based Approach
- A Complete Guide to the Final FRCR 2B (MasterPass)
- Rapid Review of Radiology (Medical Rapid Review Series)
- Long cases for the Final FRCR 2B
- Top 3 Differentials in Radiology: A Case Review, Thieme publication
- Chapman & Nakielny’s Aids to Radiological Differential Diagnosis.
- Radiology Review Manual – Dahnert
You can check out the complete article here:
Although radiology is not one of the major subjects in medical school, it is increasingly being integrated into everyday clinical practice and hence it is imperative for medical students to be cognizant with the basics of radiology. Also after the introduction of the NEET entrance exam, radiology has assumed more importance in the entrance exams. These are a few books that medical students can read for learning the basics of radiology and help them with these exams as well.
Resources and books for medical students
- Medical students page
- Radiology signs
- Most commons in radiology
- Radiology quizzes
- Radiology flashcards
- Video podcasts from Learning Radiology
- Radiology Museum depicting important events in Radiology history like Roentgen’s journey of discovering X-rays.
Radiology books for entrance exams like NEET/AIIMS / PGI
- Sumer Sethi Radiology Review: Most recommended book by residents who have cleared NEET recently.
- Conceptual Review of Radiology-Nothing Beyond for PGMEE.
- Review of Radiology (PGMEE)
- Getting Started in Clinical Radiology: From Image to Diagnosis
- Essentials of Radiology– Mettler.
Free resources for radiology residents
We have compiled a list of free to download radiology resources. These include free to download PDF books and presentations (PPT).
Hopefully, you find this list of recommended books for radiology residents useful. If I have missed any book you can contact me here.
P.S. Make sure you buy the latest edition while buying online. Also, a lot of websites and telegram groups offer free radiology books PDFs but I would not recommend these and you should prefer reading books in the physical form.
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