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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 to read. 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. Another trend which I have observed in residents is reading e-books on iPads and tablets. My experience is that you would retain a lot more once you read ACTUAL books. My suggestion would be to keep them handy as references on your iPad and Kindles, especially the ones on normal anatomy, 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 ACTUAL books!
I have compiled a list of best radiology books for residents based on the ones I have found helpful during my residency and fellowship. There are loads of other books available in each subspecialty, but these are books which I can vouch for. In each subject, the first book would be a basic one and the ones that follow are for advanced reading. This article is written from the Indian perspective with links to Amazon, but the books are available all over. The advantage in buying the original copies is that you get free access to the digital online copies of these with added content like videos. 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.
Subject-wise list of recommended radiology books for Residents:
General Radiology books:
- Textbook of Radiology & Imaging by Sutton :
- Great book to start off as a first year resident.
- This is what most of the examiners have read and follow so a must have to clear the practicals.
- Chest radiology is given really well. The first chapter in that section is a must read for exams.
- Grainger & Allison's Diagnostic Radiology :
- Although it is difficult to read two general radiology books, I think Sutton and Grainger are complimentary.
- The chapter on Abdominal Radiograph is a must read for exams.
- Chapman & Nakielny's Aids to Radiological Differential Diagnosis
- Quintessential book for all radiology resident.
- MUST read for practicals.
- It becomes difficult to remember all the differentials as the format is repetitive. But then there is no option!
- 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.
- Radiology Review Manual - Dahnert
- A reference book for differentials.
- Has good illustrations which can come in handy in the theory exams.
- Do read the text on various signs of Hydatid disease from this book. Explained quite well.
- Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics
- Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice.
- Small handbook which discusses practical radiology issues like radiation safety and contrast reactions
- Must have in any radiology department.
- Read the full review here.
- Clark's Positioning In Radiography
- 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!! ).
- Fundamentals Of Diagnostic Radiology by Helms :
- Popular textbook in the west. Not many people in India read it.
- None the less it’s a great book.
- Core Radiology: A Visual Approach to Diagnostic Imaging: Great illustrations.
- 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.
Chest Radiology books:
- Felson's Chest Roentgenology
- 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.
- Felson's Principles of Chest Roentgenology, A Programmed Text:
- More structured than the original Felson.
- Easier to understand.
- The Chest X-Ray: A Survival Guide
- Lots of illustrations make it easy to understand.
- Webb - High-Resolution CT of the Lung:
- Excellent book to understand the complex topic of interstitial lung diseases.
- Illustrations and images are top-notch.
Body Imaging book:
- CT and MRI of the Whole Body - Haaga:
- Covers majority of the topics really well.
Gastrointestinal Radiology books:
- Textbook of Gastrointestinal Radiology Levine and Gore :
- Excellent textbook.
- Covers CT and MR protocols really well.
- Mayo Clinic Gastrointestinal Imaging Review
- One of the few books that give GI fluoroscopy procedures well.
- Introduction to Fluoroscopy: For Residents & Professionals Alike
- An alternative book for Fluoroscopy
Musculoskeletal radiology books (MSK)
- Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology by Helms :
- A great book to start off in the first year.
- Covers focal bony lesion really well.
- Doesn’t cover MR really well.
- Yochum And Rowe's Essentials Of Skeletal Radiology :
- Excellent book for skeletal radiology.
- Chapters on tumors and arthritis are a must-read for exams
- Again MR isn’t covered well.
- Musculoskeletal MRI Helms:
- Great book for basic MSK MRI for joints.
- Lucid and to the point text.
- Stoller : Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine.
- 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.
Head and Neck Imaging books:
- Small textbook but the illustrations cover anatomy in detail
- A good book to start with head neck anatomy.
- Head and Neck Imaging- Peter Som
- THE reference book for Head and Neck Radiology.
Emergency Radiology books
- Accident and Emergency Radiology: A Survival Guide
- 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
Pediatric Radiology Books
- At a resident level, a separate book is not needed for pediatrics.
- For dedicated reading during fellowship or after residency following books are recommended:
- Rumack Diagnostic Ultrasound:
- A good book to start off during your first year.
- Covers obstetrics USG in detail as well.
- Includes free online access to sonography videos.
- Introduction to Vascular Ultrasonography:
- Covers neck vessel and peripheral Doppler really well.
- Callens Ultrasonography In Obstetrics And Gynecology
- Advanced book for fetal imaging.
- Christensen’s Physics of Diagnostic Radiology
- 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.
- Farr's Physics for Medical Imaging
- 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.
- MRI made easy Govind Chavhan
- MUST read.
- Covers all aspects of MR physics.
- MR artifacts are covered really well. Often asked in the theory exams as a long question.
- 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.
- Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy
- An excellent textbook to start off during the first year.
- Covers radiography and cross-section anatomy as well.
- Pocket Atlas of Sectional Anatomy
- 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.
- Applied Radiological Anatomy and Anatomy for Diagnostic Imaging - Ryan
- Concise books for anatomy.
- These are textbooks than atlases.
- Recommended for the FRCR by a few radiologists.
- Applied Radiological Anatomy- Butler
Procedures and Interventional radiology books:
- Radiological Procedures by Bhushan N Lakhkar.
- Must read for all residents.
- Do not skip the chapters on intervention instruments and tools.
- Radiological procedures Bhargava
- Covers all routine procedures including GI and GU.
- Chapters on interventions and instruments is helpful for viva.
- Chapman & Nakielny's Guide to Radiological Procedures
- Handbook of Interventional Radiologic Procedures Kandrappa
- Good book if you have an intervention department.
Books for the MD/DNB/DMRD theory exams
- Diagnostic Radiology Berry
- 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.
- Aunt Minnie's Atlas and Imaging-Specific Diagnosis
- Top 3 Differentials in Radiology: A Case Review
- Core Review series
- Case-based teaching series similar to RadCases.
- Also, check out the case collection we have: More than 400 radiology cases
Nuclear Medicine Books:
- Not required for most radiology residents program worldwide as the programs are separate.
- Useful for FRCR and some residency programs:
Cardiac Imaging books
- 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 books
- 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.
A complete guide for the FRCR and the relevant books are available here: Guide to the FRCR exam.
Books for the ABR core exams and boards:
- Core Radiology: A Visual Approach to Diagnostic Imaging
- 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.
- Case-based imaging books mentioned above, especially RadCases
- 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
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Recommended Radiology books for medical students
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 NEET entrance exam, radiology has assumed more importance in the entrance exams. These are a few books which medical students can read for learning the basics of radiology and help them with these exams as well.
Resources and books for medical students
- Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics. You can also browse the following pages from the Learning Radiology website :
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.
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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.