Anatomy Module Information

The purpose of the curriculum is to provide those undertaking specialty training in clinical radiology with appropriate knowledge of the anatomy needed to perform and interpret radiological studies. When linked to other training in clinical radiology, this will lead to the safe and effective application of diagnostic imaging for the benefit of patients.

It is intended that the curriculum should be delivered during the first year of specialty training. This is expected to take about 30 hours of focused anatomy teaching, over a period of about 6 months, supplemented by practical training and private study of material recommended by teachers. Basic knowledge of anatomy is assumed.

Assessment is in the form of an electronic image viewing session. Further detail is given in 'Assessment for the Anatomy module' and in the “Guidance Notes for Candidates” which are published on the College’s website.

A knowledge of radiological anatomy is fundamental to the study of radiology. It is intended that the First FRCR Examination is taken after only six months of clinical radiology training and the standard and level of anatomical knowledge tested and expected reflect this. The assessment is of knowledge of radiological anatomy – not surgical anatomy, surface anatomy or cadaveric anatomy – but applied anatomy that is relevant to clinical radiology.


  1. Provide appropriate knowledge of the anatomy that underpins all radiological imaging including radiography, fluoroscopy, computer tomography (CT), ultrasound imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

  2. Provide sufficient understanding of the radiological anatomy that is visible on each imaging modality to perform and interpret studies including communicating the results and discussion with clinical colleagues.


Those who have followed the curriculum should be able to:-

  1. Describe and recognise the bony and soft tissue anatomy visible on radiographs, including common normal variants. This will include children of all ages.

  2. Describe and recognise the radiological anatomy visible on CT, including multiplanar reformats. This will include solid organs such as the heart and lungs, bones, vessels and muscles

  3. Describe and recognise the radiological anatomy visible on ultrasound imaging, including first trimester antenatal ultrasound. This will include solid viscera such as the liver and spleen, bones, vessels, major ligaments and tendons. Endocavity ultrasound, such as transvaginal, transrectal and endoscopic ultrasound, will be excluded

  4. Describe and recognise the radiological anatomy of the MRI, including solid viscera such as the brain and abdominal organs, bones, joints, muscles and vessels

  5. Describe and recognise the radiological anatomy of fluoroscopic studies of the gastro-intestinal, biliary, genitor-urinary and vascular systems.

Nuclear medicine, including positron emission tomography, is excluded from the anatomy curriculum.

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