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I believe few people fear the film “Terminator” as much as a young radiologist.  Unsurprising given that for years we have heard how artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually supersede the radiologist.  For some the radiologist in 2040 will simply cease to exist.  Others believe their drastically reduced numbers will be subservient to a “black box” of technology designed by informaticians and engineers.


'Evolution of Radiology' by James at - image reproduced with permission of the rights holder

'Evolution of Radiology' by James at

Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube.  Long gone are the days of solely relying on e-mail for online communication, or the inescapability of physically attending networking events to widen your professional and social networks.

There are numerous social media platforms out there on the World Wide Web, some of which can provide various benefits to radiologists

Social media has revolutionised the way we create and share information with one another.  These dynamic and interactive forms of online communication are not just popular for the public, but also impact the work of healthcare professionals, particularly radiologists.

Lets look at some of the main platforms now:

A summary of the ST1 clinical radiology interview format from the recent 2016/17 recruitment round.

The radiology interview process has changed every year for the past few years.  There are a number of reasons for this, but ultimately the college is trying to optimise the process to select the best candidates whilst managing the large number of applicants.  For this reason the number and content of the interview ‘stations’ undergoes a change every year.

The interview & application section of Radiology Cafe provides a comprehensive overview of the application process and previous interview structures.  This article, however, is written by an ST1 trainee and aims to cover the content of interview stations from the most recent 2016/2017 intake only, with examples of questions asked last year.

The time had come to arrange a study week and actually find out what the radiologists get up to in their secret hidey-holes of the hospital…

Working as a locum enabled me to arrange a study week fairly easily and I approached a friendly radiologist in the department, expressed my interest in a career in radiology and asked who the best person to contact for help was.  A few emails later and the personalised timetable of the study week was sitting nicely in my inbox.  Now all I had to do was put my scrubs away and dig out some normal clothes for the week.

What is the ESGAR Junior Summer School?

In 2017 the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) organised the 3rd Junior Summer School, a 5 day programme of focused teaching from 17th to 21st July for radiology trainees.  It was held at the Valata Minusa Country Resort approximately 15 minutes outside of the town of Modica in Sicily.  All of the teaching was delivered in English.  I hope that my account of the experience gives you a taste of the ESGAR Junior Summer School 2017 in Sicily!


ESGAR Junior Summer School 2017 summary

Dear doctor,

Congratulations! You have made it through medical school and are about to embark on a journey which will change you and which only few will understand.  So before you get thrown in, some friendly advice from the Radiologist.

Whilst you are carrying notes, trying to scribble something legible, simultaneously updating your list, answering your bleep, wondering why the consultant is two patients ahead of you and what that smell is - you will have someone on the ward round say "order a CT" and they’ll be gone, moved on before you can write: obs stable, apyrexial.

Once the WR is done and you are the lucky one who gets to request the imaging take note - You don’t order imaging. This isn’t Nando's - you request it.

If you do not know why you’re ordering the test - ask a senior.  If they don’t know - ask their senior - this is vital and leads us to our next point -

Radiology is art.

Here's some original X-ray art from Radiology Cafe.


Mixing paint

'Mixing paint' by Christopher Clarke

'Mixing paint' by Dr Christopher Clarke

A radiograph of an art palette. The differences in attenuation between different colours are clearly seen, with denser pigments appearing 'blacker'.

Thoughts of an A&E doctor considering radiology.

Whilst doing a night shift in the emergency department, I was asked by one of the nurses to see a young man who presented with a swelling and disfigurement of his right shoulder after being involved in a fight.  Wondering how people can be so awake that they can fight at 3 am, I went to see the patient and found my colleague's description was indeed accurate.

The patient, who was not exactly sure how the injury happened, was holding his arm across his body and had a tender bulge at the front of his shoulder.  Everyone was convinced it was a case of anterior shoulder dislocation so we treated the pain and sent the patient for an x-ray.

Then came the surprise.  The shoulder joint was completely fine.  The head of the humerus was sitting nicely against the glenoid fossa on all shoulder views.  At this point, I winked at the radiographer and said “the beauty of radiology, is that it shows us the truth”.

We have just finished uploading beautiful FRCR Physics notes to Radiology Cafe.

These notes are for those sitting the first FRCR physics exam and are based on, and cover, the entire scope of the RCR Radiology - integrated training initiative (R-ITI) e-learning upon which the first FRCR physics exams are based.  The notes are concise and comprehensive with plenty of beautiful diagrams to aid in understanding.  Each field of radiology physics is covered and separated into structured pages to make it easy to work through or to provide a quick point of reference for when you need to look something up.

Click here to visit the FRCR Physics notes


They were created by Dr Sarah Abdulla while an ST5 trainee at Norwich.  When she was revising for her FRCR physics exam she was frustrated with the lack of concise yet comprehensive notes written in a way she could easily understand.  This led to her creating her own notes and she realised that other might find these notes useful so decided to make them available online...   ...and now the notes have been moved to Radiology Cafe!

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