FRCR Teaching


The Northern Regional Radiology Scheme has a structured teaching programme with 8 modules:

1. FRCR Basic Course

Learning Objectives


2. FRCR 2a - Gastrointestinal Module: (aims and objectives)

3. FRCR 2a - Chest Module: (aims and objectives)

4. FRCR 2a - Genitourinary Module

Aims and Objectives:

  • Provide a grounding in the relevant anatomy of the urinary tract
  • Teach the different non invasive methods of imaging the urinary tract
  • Demonstrate the relevant practical techniques for imaging specific areas, such as urethrograms, loopograms, cystograms and retrograde studies.
  • Provide a grounding in the interventional techniques used in the urinary tract
  • Provide imaging examples of important urinary tract pathology and its appearance using different modalities
  • Assess the candidates' knowledge of the above.


5. FRCR 2a - Obstetrics and Gynaecology Module

Aims and Objectives:

The anatomy of the female pelvis and imaging techniques have previously been covered in the FRCR part 1 course.  These topics however will be briefly reviewed.

It is assumed that SpRs will have had practical  experience in obstetric & gynaecological imaging during their clinical attachments.  This course is intended to complement that clinical experience.  It will be by no means comprehensive but will introduce the trainee to concepts and guide them with regard to further reading.  There will be an assessment at the end of the overall module and all material covered may be tested.  Assessment will be in the form of MCQ's, reporting packets & viva voce.  It is a requirement of the RITA/ARCP process for SpRs to attend and pass the assessment.

Gynaecology: Correlate common clinical presentations with imaging & pathology so that the SpR becomes competent in dealing with common gynaecological problems.  Gynaecological emergencies will be emphasised and gynaecological malignancies will be covered.

Obstetrics: Whilst antenatal US is often ultrasonographer led and frequently part of the OB/GYN Directorate rather than Radiology, the requirements of an antenatal ultrasound service will be covered.  First trimester/gynaecological emergencies will be emphasised.  The 20 week anomaly scan and reasons for late 2nd & 3rd trimester scans will be discussed.  Antenatal screening, ultrasonic assessment of fetal wellbeing, common fetal abnormalities and the role of the Regional Fetal Medicine Unit will be covered.

6. FRCR 2a - Paediatrics Module

Aims and Objectives:

  • Understand paediatric anatomy relevant to clinical radiology
  • Understand radiological techniques tailored to the paediatric group
  • Be aware of clinical practice relevant to radiology
  • Be aware of the role growth and development play in the paediatric patient
  • Improve knowledge of disease entities specific to the paediatric age group and understand their clinical manifestations relevant to radiology
  • Understand the manifestations of diseases occurring within the paediatric age group as demonstrated on conventional radiography, ultrasound, contrast studies, CT, MRI and radionuclide investigations
  • Be aware of the role of the radiologist in diagnosing emergency conditions and in performing basic paediatric interventional procedures
  • Be aware of the role of the radiologist in the management of suspected non-accidental injury.


7. FRCR 2b Module

Aims and Objectives:

To deliver a programme of film viewing reading, rapid reporting and long cases tailored to the FRCR 2b examination.


8. Non-Clinical Module

Aims and Objectives:

To deliver a programme of teaching over the 5-year training programme covering the generic skills required as a Consultant Radiologist.

 Mandatory Courses: as required by the Trust the trainee is working in:

  • Annual Basic Life Support (BLS)
  • Fire Safety
  • Moving and Handling
  • Child Protection


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Radiology Rotations

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