There are lots and lots of radiology books out there.
Rather than list oodles of options, I’ve made a short editorial selection for each section. There are obviously many good books, but your book fund is probably not infinite and you need to start somewhere.
First-year residents, in addition to
Brant and Helms Core Radiology, might start with these recommendations prior to buying any additional texts that they are unlikely to read at length during their first exposure to each section.
Recs last updated June 2020.
General / introductory / review
- Core Radiology is, I believe, a better foundational book than B&H (definitely more digestible) and a nice review at the beginning of / prior to intense board review. Detailed review is available here.
- Crack the Core (Vol 1 & Vol 2 & “War Machine”), the self-published “First Aid” for the CORE exam. Written by the pseudonymous “Prometheus Lionhart, MD,” these self-published volumes are generally loved for their conversational tone, high-yield approach, and lack of competition. Innumerable typos have continued to slowly improve over the years, but these are still walls of text without enough pictures, so you’ll have to find your images elsewhere, perhaps with his Case Companion.
- Aunt Minnie’s Atlas and Imaging-Specific Diagnosis
- Top 3 Differentials in Radiology
- Primer of Diagnostic Imaging and Radiology Secrets Plus are old standbys that I think are a safe pass now.
- Search Pattern is an interesting little book. It’s a cheap, practical bullet-point list of how to actually approach different exam types (e.g. a search pattern for an MRI IAC or a CT soft tissue neck). This is the kind of resource that can be helpful to have at the workstation on rotation to help you approach new exam types and keep an eye out for things to look for.
- Fundamentals of Body CT is similar in content to the chapters in B&H, but it’s easier to carry around and more concisely/clearly written.
- Mayo Clinic Gastrointestinal Imaging Review
- For MR, Siegelman’s Body MRI covers everything, including breast.
- Plain film competency deserves Felson’s Principles of Chest Roentgenology.
- Despite the name, Fundamentals of Body CT does a nice job of introducing thoracic CT as well (and was recently updated).
- For a more definitive source, you could read Webb’s Thoracic Imaging: Pulmonary and Cardiovascular Radiology. It’s especially well-loved for its treatment of interstitial lung diseases. At $200+, it’s also a good volume to borrow. Webb also has the best text on High-Resolution CT of the Lung, another great and pricey reference to maybe not buy.
- Mayo Clinic Gastrointestinal Imaging Review has every body modality but is the only fluoro resource you would need assuming people will teach you the protocols.
- The cheaper solution is Genitourinary Radiology: The Requisites. The Textbook of Uroradiology is pricier but quite nice.
- Helm’s classic Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology is very similar to his chapters in B&H and isn’t really necessary to have in addition. And, like his B&H chapters, the MRI sections are comically short. A decent one-stop next step is Musculoskeletal Imaging: The Requisites. A very pricey text that you could borrow would be Orthopedic Imaging: A Practical Approach.
- Musculoskeletal MRI (Helms strikes again) is the book to read to gain a dedicated foundation in MSK MRI.
- Arthritis in Black and White is the most beloved breakdown of what is often considered a difficult topic.
- Brant and Helms is generally sufficient to start if you have it.
- For further reading, Neuroradiology: The Requisites is a good next step (ignore the puns).
- For more cash, Osborn’s Brain is the worldwide favorite
- Mettler’s Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging is it.
- Ultrasound: The Requisites is excellent and even covers OB/fetal imaging.
- Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound for those who love vessels.
- You don’t need to buy anything for IR if you don’t like IR.
- The concise reference is Handbook of Interventional Radiologic Procedures.
- The textbook, for those so inclined, is Requisites. For the fellowship-bound, Abrams’ Angiography is a common favorite.
- You don’t necessarily really need an “ER” book, as most subspecialty books subsume both chronic and acute conditions. That said, Harris & Harris’ The Radiology of Emergency Medicine is the classic text and an especially good read before call. A cheaper alternative is Emergency Radiology: The Requisites. An even cheaper alternative is nothing.
- For pre-call prep, the new site CaseStacks has a lot of good simulation material for a reasonable price. Code benwhite gets a 15% discount.
- Cardiac Imaging (RadCases) covers the essentials nicely.
- Cardiac Imaging (Rotations in Radiology) even more so, but at a price.
- Pediatric Imaging: The Fundamentals covers the breadth of pediatric radiology nicely at the resident level.
- You probably don’t need a dedicated mammography text. Nothing, or the BI-RADS manual is just fine. If you feel a hankering for further study, Breast Imaging (The Core Curriculum Series) is a high-quality resource.
- For case review, Breast Imaging: Case Review Series is well done overall.
- For those interested in mammo, Kopan’s Breast Imaging is the next step.
- Duke Review of MRI Principles is awesome
- Huda’s Review of Radiologic Physics is probably overkill in the era of the Core Exam with its focus on generally relevant/practical physics.
- Fleckenstein’s Anatomy in Diagnostic Imaging
- Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy
- e-Anatomy (subscription)
- Free anatomy resources: statdx (if your program pays for it), the very cool RAAViewer software, SUNY Downstate, HeadNeckBrainSpine (fantastically awesome for basic neuroanatomy), FreitasRad’s Musculoskeletal MRI, Stanford’s MSK MRI, MRI Online’s MSK MRI free resident course, CaseStacks, etc etc.
- A Core Review is the newest/emerging casebook series. The question format is most-tuned for the Core, with most subjects now available (no IR). MSK and GU are particularly well-liked. All of them have integrated physics. Breast is based on the BIRADS 4 and needs to be updated.
- Between the more established Case Review Series and Radcases, I believe RadCases is generally superior. There are more entries in the Case Review series, however, so it’s not possible to do RadCases exclusively if you want a case review in every subfield.