Advice for FRCR Part 1 – Natasha Gardiner
There is one main physics book for the FRCR part 1 examination – Farr’s physics for medical imaging by Penelope Allisy-Roberts. It is quite a condensed book and so almost every sentence is an important fact that shouldn’t be ignored. I would recommend reading the book 2 or 3 times. Another book which is a bit wordier is Physics for diagnostic radiology by PP Dendy. It goes into all the facts and sometimes more detail is given.
The e-lfh website is quite good for explaining concepts. Although, it is a bit annoying as it does not work on Safari so if you have an Apple computer you will need to download another Internet provider, e.g. Firefox.
For MCQ questions the internet is good. Two websites are onexamination and passit.co.uk. Both have FRCR Part 1 physics questions and you need to buy a subscription to the website for a certain amount of time to get access. Lots of books come up if you type ‘FRCR Part 1 physics questions’ into amazon. They are all quite similar in difficulty and reflect the exam well. Typing in ‘MRI made easy’ to Google finds a free document that explains MRI well from first principals.
The Liverpool, Aintree is physics course is good. Teaching is mainly lecture based however there are opportunities throughout to ask questions. There is a mock exam at the end, which is a good reflection of the real thing.
With the physics exam the key is to understanding the syllabus and then you should be able to apply your knowledge to the exam questions. It is hard but the more you read, the more you understand and it begins to make sense.
I was the first group to do the new exam format. Previously there were 20 different images and the examinee had to name 5 features pointed on each image. Now there are 100 images with 1 feature pointed on each image. Remember to be as descriptive as possible, for example always label the side left or right if applicable.
The main book is called The Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy by Weir and Abraham. I bought the book but then bought the app version. I found the app version more user friendly and easier to learn the different anatomical structures on. Another app that is around is called Power pass FRCR anatomy and was made by radiologists. It is set like the old style exam. The images are good but some of the labelling is incorrect and so a right answer may actually be marked as wrong.
There are a few kindle books, which can be bought via Amazon. The Anatomy examinations for FRCR part 1 by Shelmerdine, Bhaludin, Mok is very good, it has an Ultrasound anatomy section with lots of images.
The new exam format is tested in the ebook entitled 'FRCR part 1: Radiological Anatomy –New for 2013'. There are 5 (set 1-5) practice exams. Unfortunately each one has to be bought separately but for the kind of images you will get in the exam it is good.
Again, like with the physics, typing FRCR Part 1 anatomy questions into Amazon will provide you with a variety of books giving similar difficulty questions.
I went on the Guy’s FRCR Part 1 anatomy course. I have heard the Liverpool one is meant to be good.
The anatomy exam is a bit of a slog and not the most exciting of stuff to learn. It is obviously very useful to know key anatomical detail when reporting images and so is beneficial to learn it all thoroughly in the long term.
Past FRCR Part 1 Exam Questions/Experiences
Anatomy Questions 2010 - Morning sitting
Anatomy Questions 2010 - Afternoon sitting
Anatomy Images March/June 2011
Physics Questions 2010 - Spring sitting