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The digestive system in the style of the London Underground 'tube' map

London Tube map of the digestive system

London Tube map of the digestive system. Inspired from the original design by Jack Anderson.

Just wanted to give a shout out to Radiology Masters, an online radiology education platform created in 2017 by UK radiologists Dr Dan Fascia, Dr John Curtis and Dr Radhika Prasad.  They each share a passion for teaching and their understanding of the increasing demand for easily accessible radiology education led them to create this useful resource.


Radiology Masters screenshot

Radiology Masters screenshot

The 2nd Edition of FRCR Physics notes is available on Kindle.

The FRCR physics revision notes at Radiology Cafe have been updated to reflect changes in the IRMER regulations, examination content and technology. They have been viewed over 750,000 times and we decided that it was time to release an up-to-date version for Kindle.

We are delighted to announce the second edition of FRCR Physics Notes, released on 23rd October 2019.

With radiology being the hottest and most technologically advancing speciality, attracting the attention of many doctors, let us have a brief look at how it all began.

Radiology has been around for over a century. It all started when Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen discovered X-rays in 1895. After working for weeks in his lab experimenting on the production of ‘strange rays’, which he referred to as ‘X’, he asked his wife Anna Bertha to lend ‘a hand’, the left one to be precise, which he used to produce the first X-ray image. This is now known as ‘Hand mit Ringen’.(1) Allegedly she exclaimed in fear ‘I have seen my death!’ after seeing the image.(2)


Portrait of Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen (1845-1923).

Portrait of Wilhelm Konrad Röntgen (1845-1923)

The bones of a hand with a ring on one finger, viewed through x-ray. Photoprint from radiograph by W.K. Röntgen, 1895.

The bones of a hand with a ring on one finger, viewed through x-ray. Photoprint from radiograph by W.K. Röntgen, 1895. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC 4.0

Founder of Radiology Cafe, Dr Christopher Clarke, talks about the website on the new RadCast Podcast

RadCast is a new series of podcasts developed by UK clinical radiology trainees.  Their mission is to provide a grassroots perspective into all things Clinical Radiology.

Early in January 2019 they interviewed Dr Christopher Clarke and asked many questions about Radiology Cafe.  They discuss the history of Radiology Cafe and how it has developed over the years as well as many other issues including use of social media by radiologists.


Rad Cast Episode 7 - Dr Christopher Clarke Radiology Cafe. Listen now on any Podcast app!

Rad Cast Episode 7 - Dr Christopher Clarke talks about the website Radiology Cafe

"Does the patient know they are coming down for a scan?"

I once got asked by the duty radiologist: "Does the patient know they are coming down for a scan?". The question was initially puzzling, as it seemed to have an obvious answer… but do we always inform patients appropriately of decisions around diagnostic imaging?

“Gratitude over Fear”

Since the golden ages of radiology in the 1970s to the present day, advances have created a significant impact on the role of the radiologist. Today, the 21st century radiologist is central in the delivery of patient care, however the future for many radiologists is regarded as an uphill battle with several factors influencing the course of the journey.

"There are two options: Adapt or die"
Andy Grove

The future of radiology has been the hot topic at many radiology conferences and is viewed both with enthusiasm, by those looking forward to what advances will be made, and trepidation, by those who are concerned that they may find themselves prematurely redundant.

A snapshot of the life of a radiology trainee...

Clinical Radiology is a specialty that involves utilising imaging modalities to help clinicians in the management of patients across all branches of medicine and surgery.  From diagnosing anterior cerebral artery aneurysms on CT angiograms to identifying fractures of the zygoma following a traumatic injury during a game of hockey - radiology is one of the most revolutionising fields over the last twenty years.

Unfortunately, I had very limited insight into radiology as a career during medical school.  However, as a junior doctor I was exposed to radiology daily which peaked my interest in the specialty.  I organised a taster week to discover what a career in radiology was like and to identify the skills required from a competent radiologist.  To gain a real sense of radiology, I observed several subspecialties including musculoskeletal, paediatric, interventional, neurology and general radiology.

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