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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders Ltd.; 2 edition (25 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0702028444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0702028441
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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
diagnostic imaging."
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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This book is awfully written.I really hated revising from this book. A jumble of equations mid sentence and very hard to read.Don't be fooled by its size its a hard read. It took me almost 30 mins to read 4 pages and attempt to understand. The sections on CT, PET, SPECT and USS are poor (does not have enough detail for the exam) MR section also far too complicated. Too short on USS safety, the exam questions are much more detailed.

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.
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This books is...not great. To be honest i purchased this book mainly as a supplement for MRI but this section is no better than the others really although, does provide a different explanation of some things which is useful.

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.
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I am usually not so critical in life but have made an exception in the case of this book. The authors need to understand that they are writing the book for doctors who had left the subject of Physics quite a few years ago. What doctors would need is a book which introduces the topics gently and then builds up the facts gradually. At least I would have preferred a Physics book to do that. The authors have done exactly the opposite.

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.
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In my opinion this is a very poorly written book which unfortunately became the main reference for trainees prepararing for the FRCR Part 1 examination. I guess this is not because of its merits, but rather due to the fact that the rest of the titles (e.g. Christensen or Hendee) are now largely outdated, and do not contain UK-specific information. While x-ray imaging is covered fairly well (after all not much changes in this field), the quality of chapters on CT, and especially on the modalities introduced to the exam in 2008 (US and MRI) is pathetic. The layout of some chapters is peculiar (e.g. the chapter on US begins with a description of piezoelectric crystal, while most authors would probably begin from the basics on ultrasound itself), and language is generally archaic and convoluted. But most importantly the content is lacking in many aspects. Ultrasound contrast media are covered on a quarter of a page. The same applies to to 3D ultrasound, THI etc. Chapter on MRI begins quite well but after describing the spin echo sequence the author seems to run out of steam, and barely scratches the surface of the remaining topics. GRE, DWI, angiography, fMRI, spectroscopy together occupy just a few pages. This is not enough. Modality-specific titles come to rescue, but before the exam there is little time to go through them.

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.
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My background was GCSE physics and I was apprehensive about the physics component of the First FRCR, which pushed me to tackle this book early on. Farr's is packed with information, and on the first, second and even third read it still felt alien. It's not written particularly well and assumes a level of pre-requisite knowledge too high for doctors.

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.
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This book is indecipherable especially in the later chapters on CT, US and MRI. The information contained is outdated, incomplete, and quite simply impossible to understand. Unnecessary emphasis is placed on defunct technology (e.g. single slice CT) that isn't used or tested in the real world.

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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