Royal College of Radiologists

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Coat of Arms of the Royal College of Radiologists

The Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) is the professional body responsible for the specialty of clinical oncology and clinical radiology throughout the United Kingdom. Its role is to advance the science and practice of radiology and oncology, further public education and set appropriate professional standards of practice. The College also sets and monitors the educational curriculum for those training to enter the profession. It is a registered charity in the United Kingdom (no. 211540).[1]

The College publishes two journals, Clinical Oncology and the Clinical Radiology Journal, as well as awarding various prizes and scholarships.


A series of bodies has represented practitioners of radiological medicine in the UK, starting in 1897 with the foundation of the Roentgen Society (named for the physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen). Subsequently-founded societies included the British Association of Radiologists (1934), the Society of Radiotherapists of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1935) and the Faculty of Radiologists (1939).

In 1950 the first issue of the Clinical Radiology Journal was published by the Faculty of Radiologists, who were then granted a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1953. Professor Sir Brian Windeyer helped found and became President of the Faculty of Radiologists from 1949-52.[2] A supplemental charter was given in 1975 to rename the Faculty as The Royal College of Radiologists. The College then published the first issue of Clinical Oncology in September 1989.

Fellowship of Royal College of Radiologist Examinations

The fellowship examinations start at the beginning of the Specialty Training Year 1 (ST1). The First FRCR examination expects candidates to have gained a knowledge of the physical principles that underpin diagnostic medical imaging and of the anatomy needed to perform and interpret radiological studies.[3][4]

The First FRCR examination comprises two modules:

Module 1: Anatomy. This is a 90-minute exam comprising 100 images, where each image has several annotations, each of which in turn has a single related question.[5]

Module 2: Physics.

The specialty trainees are expected to complete their First FRCR examination before progressing to ST2. During their training of ST2 to ST3, they must complete their FRCR Final Part A before progressing to ST4.[3]

The current structure of FRCR Final Part A consists of six modules -

Module 1: Cardiothoracic and Vascular

Module 2: Musculoskeletal and Trauma

Module 3: Gastro-intestinal

Module 4: Genito-urinary, Adrenal, Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Breast

Module 5: Paediatric

Module 6: Central Nervous and Head & Neck

However, The GMC have given RCR approval in principal for a significant change to the Final FRCR (Part A) examination, which UK trainees and trainers were initially informed of in February 2016. In 2018, the examination will revert from the current six-module structure to a single examination - this change will affect trainees who started in ST1 in or around September 2015.[6]

During the ST4 training, the specialty trainees are expected to complete the Final FRCR Part B. The Final FRCR (Part B) examination consists of a reporting session, a rapid reporting session and an oral examination.[7]

The extensive examination provided by the RCR ensures a high quality and standard of radiology consultants. It has been deemed as one of the hardest examinations in the medical profession, along with the FRCA and FRCPath.

List of Fellows

See also


  1. ^ Wales, The Charity Commission for England and. "About Charities".
  2. ^ Windeyer - history of a building, accessed 23 March 2013
  3. ^ a b "Final FRCR Part A Examination | The Royal College Of Radiologists". Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  4. ^ "FRCR Exams". Radiologically. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  5. ^ "First Examination for the Fellowship in Clinical Radiology - Guidance Notes for Candidates" (PDF). Royal College of Radiologists.
  6. ^ "RCR new exam structure" (PDF).
  7. ^ "Final FRCR Part B Examination | The Royal College Of Radiologists". Retrieved 2016-08-28.

External links

  • Royal College of Radiologists official website

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