FRCR Physics Notes

Beautiful, organised revision notes for the First FRCR Physics exam, based on the RCR R-ITI e-learning

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Free FRCR physics notes

These beautiful 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.  They are not a replacement for studying the R-ITI modules, but hopefully make things a little more structured and easy to understand, as well as provide a reference point when you quickly need to look something up.

The clearly organised nature of the notes makes them ideal for dipping into a specific topic for reference, although if you fancy reading the entire physics syllabus, you can do that too!  We've even added a search bar to help you.

The notes also provide an excellent overview for anyone interested in learning about the physics of radiology.  They have been separated into chapters covering basic science, x-ray imaging, CT imaging, ultrasound imaging, MR imaging, nuclear imaging, and radiation dosimetry, protection and legislation.


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Accurate and concise

The scope of the notes is based on the RCR Radiology - Integrated Training Initiative which forms the basis of the exam.  The aim has been to make the notes concise but 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 easier to work through or to provide a quick point of reference.



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Ben, ST1, West Midlands

"I just wanted to say a big thanks for your incredible work on summarising the FRCR Physics curriculum on your website which I randomly (and luckily) came across thanks to Google.  I’m an ST1 sitting my FRCR Physics in 2 weeks time and your notes have made my life a lot easier!  So thanks.  Keep them coming please!!!"


Recommended reading

Other than the RCR Radiology - integrated training initiative (R-ITI) e-learning, Farr's Physics for Medical Imaging is the essential text for the exam.  For a comprehensive list of recommended physics books, courses and online resources, take a look at the Radiology Cafe First FRCR exam hints and tips page.


Farr's Physics for Medical Imaging
Penelope Allisy-Roberts, Jerry Williams

Farr's Physics for Medical Imaging


About the author

The notes were created by Dr Sarah Abdulla.  While revising for her First FRCR (part 1) physics exam she became 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.  She'd be sat with multiple browser tabs open and multiple books around her, putting together simple notes with diagrams to elaborate.  She soon realised that, perhaps, others had the same problem and might find these notes useful so decided to make them available online.

And now the notes have been moved to Radiology Cafe!  Hopefully you'll find them useful in your preparation.  Any questions or feedback is welcome via the feedback form (below each article).  Alternatively, you can always contact us here.

Enjoy and good luck with your revision!

Dr Sarah Abdulla  (FRCR Physics Notes Editor)
Radiology Registrar, Norwich Radiology Academy

Dr Christopher Clarke  (Editor of Radiology Cafe)
Radiology Fellow, Leeds University Hospitals

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