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Immediately post FY2, or later after FY2, that is the question

Wilhelm Röntgen Shakespeare

At our induction day at the Royal College of Radiologists, a poll was taken of all new ST1s about who had come straight from FY2 (foundation year 2) and who had done other training.  The result was 50:50, yet people seem to get unnecessarily worked up about it as if the biggest decision about doing radiology is when to start.

The reality is it honestly doesn't matter, there are pros and cons for both options!  Here's what I think...

My journey from a three week medical student placement in radiology to publishing Chest X-rays for Medical Students book.


Chest X-rays for Medical Students - from teaching workbook to published book


Now my second book Abdominal X-rays for Medical Students is finally published, I thought it would be interesting to look back at how it all started.  Here is my experience of the process of creating and publishing a teaching resource, in this case my first book Chest X-rays for Medical Students.

What happens when a radiologist decides to investigate the contents of an Easter egg with some of the coolest technology the NHS has to offer?!


Kinder egg x-ray hybrid photo


A tenth of our chocolate is devoured during the Easter weekend and the average Briton gobbles nine Easter eggs a year.  As diagnostic experts, the average British radiologist is naturally curious to know what lies inside...

Can you flex your diagnostic muscles and piece the toy together from the scans below?

Everyone should know the rules of interventional radiology.  They are non-negotiable.

  1. The natural resting place of a hydrophilic guidewire is on the floor.
  2. If you feel resistance, stop pushing.
  3. Always ensure the bag is closed before you attach.
  4. If the histology report reads 'foam' you've gone too far.
  5. Every puncture is optional. Every haemostasis is mandatory.
  6. When in doubt, keep the guidewire in. No one has ever complained about the access being too good.
  7. Never let a procedure take you somewhere your brain didn't get to five minutes earlier.

Notes from the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) Junior Summer School, Italy 2015


ESGAR Junior Summer School 2015, my experience


In 2015 the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) organised the first Junior Summer School, a one week programme of focused teaching on 20-24th July for GI radiology trainees.  It was held at a ranch in the Italian countryside approximately 35 minutes from Rome, and all the teaching was delivered in English.  This was the first time ESGAR organised this sort of event so I thought I would share my experience.

Remember these great tips if you want to increase costs and upset your radiology colleagues.

  1. A patient cannot be improving until confirmed by x-rays
  2. The fact that patient management will not be altered is the prime indication for the x-ray
  3. An x-ray is great for showing what you already know
  4. Never forget how useful it is to make the obvious visible
  5. When there is nothing else that can be done, always repeat the x-ray
  6. Never indicate the previous examination, so that the patient accumulates a nice collection of duplicate radiographs
  7. Always repeat a negative x-ray daily, until something turns up or the patient recovers
  8. Never let a clinical examination preclude an x-ray
  9. Always address radiographers as "nurse"

It's taken a few painstaking months to re-build and its been a steep learning curve, but Radiology Cafe now has a completely new design and structure.

Lets go over some of the improvements.


Mobile friendly

Radiology Café is now fully responsive.  What does this mean?  It means the website will adapt and display well on all screen sizes, from the smallest mobile, to the iPad, to the lastest high-definition desktop screens.  The top menu will now automatically collapse to a simple button for easy access on mobiles and small tablets.

Radiology Cafe website as viewed on different devices


New design

In 2011 the website had a very dark appearance and was very compact.  I liked this design, however there were a few major flaws.  The white text on a dark background made printing any pages a nightmare and sometimes the pages looked very cluttered.  The new design is much cleaner and easier to read.

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