Anatomy Examination Syllabus

This syllabus is intended as a guide and general indication to the breadth of the topics that may appear in the examination questions. It is not a teaching plan and the bullet points do not relate to equal amounts of study time. The syllabus should be read in conjunction with the learning objectives for the Anatomy module.



  • Ventricles and CSF space
  • Arteries and venuous sinuses
  • Basal nuclei and major white matter tracts
  • Cerebrum and cerebellum
  • Cranial nerves
  • Pituitary and juxtasellar structures


  • Calvaria and base of skull

Face and neck

  • Arteries and veins
  • Sinuses
  • Orbit and contents
  • Facial skeleton
  • Tongue and oral cavity
  • Lymph node groups
  • Larynx and pharyns
  • Thyroid and parathyroid
  • Salivary glands



  • Mediastinum, pericardium and lymph node groups
  • Cardiac chambers, valves, arteries and veins
  • Great vessels and azygos/hemi-azygos system


  • Trachea and major bronchi
  • Pulmonary vasculature
  • Pleura and fissures

Chest wall and diaphragm

Breast and Axilla



  • Oesophagus and stomach
  • Duodenum, small bowel and appendix
  • Colon, rectum and anus

Upper Abdominal Viscera

  • Liver segments and blood vessels
  • Biliary tree and gall bladder
  • Pancreas, adrenals and spleen

Abdominal Wall

Spaces and planes

  • Perirenal and pararenal spaces and fasciae
  • Peritoneal reflections and spaces

Genitourinary tract

  • Kidneys and pelvicalyceal systems
  • Ureters and bladder
  • Prostate, seminal vesicles and urethra
  • Testes and epididymides


  • Ovaries and fallopian tubes
  • Uterus and cervix
  • Vagina

Vascular supply

  • Portal venous system
  • Aorta and major branches
  • IVC and tributaries

Lymph node groups



  • Vertebrae, sacrum and joints
  • Paraspinal muscles and ligaments
  • Spinal cord, cauda equine and nerve roots

Upper Limbs

  • Bones and joints, including shoulder
  • Muscles and nerves
  • Blood vessels

Lower Limbs

  • Bones and joins, including pelvis
  • Muscles and nerves
  • Blood vessels

Assessment for the Anatomy Module

  • The examination for the Anatomy module comprises an electronic image viewing session of 100 questions (20 images and five questions on each) and is of 1¼ hours in duration. the examination will only be held in London for the three sittings in 2010. Additionally, for the three sittings in 2010, the examination will be available in Hong Kong and Singapore in paper format.
  • The introduction of additional UK venues and the adoption of an electronic format examination in Hong Kong and Singapore at a later stage are being explored. The standard for success is determined at each sitting of the examination based on the difficulty of the questions used and so may vary between sittings. It is likely that more than one set of images and questions will be utilised at each sitting and the standard required for success may also vary between the sets of images and questions.
  • Further details about the examination can be found in the “Guidance Notes for Candidates”, which are published on the Royal College of Radiologists website and sent to all candidates when their application is accepted.
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