Farr's Physics for Medical Imaging, 2e Paperback – 25 Oct 2007
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"Not only is it an essential text for the trainee radiologist, and any physics department participating in their teaching, but it is also a useful reference book for the trainee physicist as it provides an introductory overview of
Lauren Tedder, SCOPE, March 08
About the Author
Head of the Ionising Radiation Section, Bureau Inernational des Poids et Mesures, France, Dr Allisy-Roberts obtained a BSc in Physics from the University of Birnimgham in 1970. She went on to study for the MSc in Radiobiology, achieving the degree in 1971. Continuing at the same University, she obtained a PhD in Radiological Physics in 1980.
Currently responsible for the international standards of radiation dosimetry and radioactivity measurements, she was previously Director of Medical Physics and Engineering, Southampton University Hospitals (1991-1994) and Consultant Physicist, Head of Regional Radiation Physics and Protection Services in the Department of Medical Physics at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre, Birmingham (1988-1990). She has served on many influential National and International committees dealing with radiation protection affairs and in 2002 was awarded the Founders' Prize by the Society for Radiological Protection.
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For MRI I would highly recomnend.
MRI at a glance, well written and easy to follow. It has all you need for exam for MR.This author should write a physics for FRCR book.
Physics for diagnostic imaging by Dowsett et al, is very good, good explanations but expensive.
Having said all that there is no real cheap alternative. I would recommend borrowing Dowsett form the library. Borrow Farrs from someone from the year above..almost guranteed they will have it, this book is not a keeper for future reference.
Its written too much like an A-Level physics book and doesn't make for easy reading. The detail is there, its just a matter of if you can be bothered to read through it... A lot of the graphs and tables don't always add much to the topic and make for harder reading in my opinion. The diagrams that are useful, can be found in similar text's.
I don't know what audience the authors had in mind but generally speaking the book probably is suitable for someone who is already 'mature' in terms of the technical knowledge. Why couldn't the authors make things a bit simpler to understand ? I am anguished and frustrated because my FRCR part 1 is 4 months away and I have nothing better to read.
A new modern title or a serious update of this title is desperately needed!
Until then this book will continue selling as there is no other alternative.
I started revising about 6 months before the exam. The key to cracking this book and indeed the physics exam is perseverance. Read the chapters again and again until things start sticking. I found highlighting and annotating the book very useful. Start a study group with other ST1's sitting the exam in your training programme and discuss topics thoroughly. If you don't understand something look elsewhere for a simpler explanation to allow you to understand it.
The royal college does not recognise Farr's as an official text, and some chapters (namely MRI and ultrasound) are lacking and difficult to understand, for these topics consider MRI at a glance, some of the radiographic tutorials and RITI modules (some exam questions were lifted directly from RITI). Finally do lots and lots of practice MCQ's. I passed physics at the first sitting and I could not have done it without Farr's - start early and make sure you know it inside out.
The writing style is horrible. New terms are used without being properly defined. Rather than highlighted in simple terms, important concepts are often hidden in long paragraphs. Organisation within chapter is non-existent, so you will have to make your own notes, digging out relevant information from here and there.
Unfortunately this is the only book available on the market for the FRCR part 1 exam and I suspect it is one of the reasons why people fail. So you will have to buy this book while the authors won't even bother to read through what they've written (let alone revise it). I would advise preparing for the exam by attempting MCQ exercises, digging out important concepts from explanations and supplement them with online information or RITI. You will have to go through the book of course, but it will be completely futile as I assure you.
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Let's be honest. There are few alternatives as compact and well written. Occasional mistake in minutiae, but this is the gold standard book for frcr part 1. Read morePublished 22 months ago by A Shah
"The farr" book for Primary FRCR physic module was very well known and told to be essential,i heard of long time. Read morePublished on 5 Oct. 2013 by echoman
This book is rubbish! wouldn't bother even reading it for FRCR exam. Info in it is not structured well, chaos! As a book itself it is ok, but not for FRCR revision!Published on 22 Mar. 2013 by Alex
This book is absolutely awful and made revision for the FRCR part 1 an absolute nightmare...authors use very roundabout and extended ways of saying potentially simple theories... Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2013 by paul121
I recently bought this book as I'm in my first year studying diagnostic radiography and have had a hard time getting to grips with the physics aspect. Read morePublished on 19 April 2012 by Misqué
Not the easiest book to read, let alone understanding complex equations. Unfortunately, there isn't any better alternative. Avoid for last minute revision!Published on 8 Mar. 2012 by Ben
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