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Abdominal X-rays for Medical Students
Abdominal X-rays for Medical Students

A comprehensive guide to reading, presenting and interpreting abdominal radiographs

This title is clearly illustrated using a unique colour overlay system to help highlight the abnormalities. It's a succinct and up-to-date overview of the principles and practice of this important topic.

Essential reading for any medical student.

Key features

  • Covers the key knowledge and skills necessary for practical use.
  • Provides an effective and memorable way to analyse and present abdominal radiographs – the unique ‘ABCDE’ system as developed by the authors.  Perfect for examinations, vivas and OSCEs.
  • Presents each radiograph twice, side by side: the first as seen in the clinical setting, and the second with the pathology clearly highlighted in colour.  Gone are the days of trying to figure out what that small arrow is pointing to, as seen in other books!
  • Includes a self-assessment section to test your knowledge and presentation technique with a systematic approach covering both the analysis of radiographs and next steps mirroring the clinical setting and context.
Example page from 'Abdominal X-rays for Medical Students' book
Example page showing large bowel obstruction and an overview of sigmoid and caecal volvuli.

Highly Commended in Radiology in the 2016 BMA Medical Book Awards

“This is very good learning tool for medical students and ancillary healthcare professionals. Other books on this topic exist but I have never seen such a well-presented book. The examples and pictographic explanations are the best I have seen. Demonstration of the sometimes bewildering array of descriptive terms with excellent images and diagrams is the most memorable feature of this book. This is a really excellent book that will help the doctors of tomorrow have a sound understanding of abdominal X-rays and will likely spark an interest in radiology among its readers.”


I've always had difficulty with interpreting X-rays, so thought I would give this a go. Really pleased with how clear, concise and well laid-out this book is. Using this to help me get through to my final exams. Would highly recommend this to anyone that wants to improve their X-ray interpretation!

This is, quite frankly, one of the essential textbooks that should be in the library of any medical student. It is a fantastic educational resource, and is one of those text books that you will return to time and time again...

Excellent book!

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