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Monday, January 31, 2005

Review of Radiology 2nd Edition

Review of Radiology 2nd Edition

Review of Radiology 2nd Edition by Sumer Sethi - Peepee Publishers

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Type of Book
Rapid Notes

Exams covered
All Exams

Subjects covered

Intended for
PG Entrance,
AIIMS and All India PG Entrance, State PGs and all PGs

Can be Used for
PG Entrance,
AIIMS and All India PG Entrance, State PGs and all PGs

Impressed with
The concept of the book
Extensive Coverage
Most of the Questions can be attended
Concept Based instead of the Facts Based Approach of other similar books
Radiological Quiz
The Review MCQs
Improved Typesetting (compared with first edition)

Areas for Improvement
Few (small, yet significant) points from the first edition are not striking the reader in this edition (compared to the earlier edition.) Examples are in the Review Section below
Language and Grammar - have been improved a lot, yet there is scope for improvement.
More tables and liberal use of innovations like text boxes can make the book more pleasant

Review of Radiology 1st Edition written by Sumer K Sethi and published by Peepee Publishers created ripples in the domain of the PG Preparation world (consisting of “Entranceemployees” – a term coined by Zulfi and Raj - or “PseudoPGs”).

The book stood apart for the concise size, the very low price (thanks to the publisher), Extensive Coverage of the subject in such a small book and the fact that most if not all the Questions can be attended from this book. Another aspect that made this book class apart from the other books was the fact that this was the concept based instead of the facts based approach of other similar books

But something that also struck the student immediately was the fact that the style of writing, grammar and language had to be improved and the book was either written in some other language and then translated verbatim or the typesetting unit got the notes the author had jotted down and had duly formatted that.

But the author and the publisher seems to have worked consciously and specifically on this aspect to weed off almost all the negative aspects of the first edition, while still maintaining and improving the positive aspects of the first edition, the result of which, you see an excellent work of knowledge, innovation and hard work on your reading table.

The improved typesetting makes it a pleasing reading. And the author has strived to explain the facts in this second edition. For example in the first edition in the section dealing with Fluoroscopy we had a line “Conventional – Ag – activated ZnCdS”. Now it is given in a much more legible form of “Conventional Fluoroscopy – material used in Ag activated ZnCdS (silver activated Zinc Cadmium Sulfide)”

Notable additions include

The protocol to be followed for a case of normal ventilation with defect in perfusion will find its utility when a question on clinical scenario is asked
The picture showing the site of origin of various bone tumours
Couinaud’s nomenclature of hepatic segmentations
Ear Cartilage Calcification
Parasitic Calcification
Magic Angle effect – signal artifact seen within tendons oriented at 55 degree to the magnetic field. This is seen on T1 weighted image and not T2 weighted image
15 more review questions have been added (to the 400 questions in the first edition) making it 415 in all

Much Impressive is the Radiological Quiz Given on the end having some 30 images (printed in art paper, thus improving the quality of the images considerably). What is more noteworthy is the fact that the answers for this quiz are not given in a single word at the end. Instead the author has explained (briefly) each answer and more notably given the page number of the book where the corresponding topic is discussed

However, few (small, yet significant) points from the first edition are not striking the reader in this edition (compared to the earlier edition.) Examples include

Henri Becqueral discovered Radioactivity (this was discussed along with Roentgen’s discovery of X Rays in the first edition)
Functional Imaging with MRI using the various contrasts (this was discussed along with MRI in the first edition)
Best investigation for breast implant evaluation is MRI. This was discussed along with Mammography in the first edition, where as this is now given along with other breast conditions. It would do no harm when such a significant fact is stressed in more than one places when relevant)
The schematic diagrams showing Right Atrial, Left Atrial and Right Ventricular enlargement

The following is the review given by this web site for the first edition of this book, also can be seen at Review of Radiology 1st Edition

Radiology accounts for about 2 to 3 percent questions in any Post Graduate Medical Entrance Exams. This amount to 6 to 9 questions in All India Exam and 4 to 6 questions in AIIMS and so on

The uniqueness of these Questions is that they are often straightforward and consume very little time as the question is hardly a lengthy one and the choices are usually crisp

The students for long were having no book for these questions. We were able to read Psychiatry from Ahuja, Anesthesia from Pharmacology books and Dermatology from Harrison / Davidson, but Radiology had always eluded us during the preparation period until the advent of Books like SARP, PARAS and Sure Sucess in PG by Ram gopal. Though these books touched the hitherto unexplored areas of the medical knowledge, the very fact that those book catered to all the four subjects made them in adequate for Radiology.

Gone are the days when you were asked about the Water Lily Sign or Flower vase appearence. Now a days questions are more specific and are more often than not from the Radiology text books as well. When a Doctor is not able to allocate even a week for Radiology in his Time table for preparation, he obviously cannot read the "Big Books" like Sutton etc.

“Review of Radiology” by Sumer K Sethi and published by Peepee brothers is a book that could well fill in the lacuna that exists in this area. The book written by a Senior Resident in Radiology in LHMC, who was once the topper in AIPG 2000, AIIMS 2000 and PGI 2000 and earlier was in the top 5 in CBSE PMT and DPMT Exams offers interesting reading

The success of the author lies in the fact that he has been able to give SO MUCH OF THE "NEEDED" POINTS in so few pages. This is possible because the author had once been a candidate in the Entrance Exam race itself

Most of the points that are given in the book have been already asked and more importantly almost all questions that have been previously asked can be solved with this little book. To check this the team decided to check this book with 2 question papers, All India PG 2004 (AIPG 2004 conducted on 11th January 2004) representing AIIMS Pattern and the memory recollected Tamil Nadu PG 2004 (TNPG 2004 / TN PG 2004 / Tamil Nadu PG 2004 conducted on February 29th 2004) Question Paper representing the State Model of Questions

Exam in 2004




Page number in “Review of Radiology”



Codman's Triangle is seen in


Answer given
in Page 32



MIBG used in


Answer given
in Page 44



Snow driven appearance


Answer given
in Page 14



Investigation for Tumour in Superior Sulcus in

Pindborg’s tumour

Answer given
in Page 64



inside / near radio therapy within tumor -


Answer given
in Page 10



Inferior notching of ribs is not seen in 1.
SLE, 2. SVC Obstruction 3. Coarctation 4. Pulmonary AV Malformation


Answer given
in Page 75



In scurvy all the following radiological signs
are seen except:

1. Pelican spur.
2. Soap bubble appearance.

3. Zone of demarcation near epiphysis. 4.
FrenkeI's line.

2. Soap bubble appearance.

Answer given
in Page 37



On radiography widened duodenal 'C. loop with
irregular mucosal pattern on upper gastrointestinal barium series is
most likely due to:

1. Chronic pancreatitis.
2. Carcinoma head of pancreas.

3. Duodenal ulcer.
4. Duodenal ileus.

2. Carcinoma head of pancreas.

Answer given
in Page 53



A young man with pulmonary tuberculosis
presents with massive recurrent hemoptysis. For angiographic treatment,
which vascular structure should be evaluated first:

1. Pulmonary artery.
2. Bronchial artery

3. Pulmonary vein.
4. Superior vena cava.

2. Bronchial artery

Answer given
in Page 21



In which of the following a 'Coeur en Sabot'
shape of the heart is seen.

1. Tricuspid atresia.
2. Ventricular septal defect.

3. Transposition of great arteries.
4. Tetralogy of Fallot.

4. Tetralogy of Fallot.

Answer given
in Page 33



A 55-year old man who has been on bed rest for
the past 10 days, complains of breathlessness and chest pain. The chest
x-ray is normal. The next step in investigation should be:

1. Lung Ventilation -perfusion scan.
2. Pulmonary arteriography.

3. Pulmonary venous wedge angiography.
4. Echocardiography.

1. Lung Ventilation -perfusion

Answer given
in Page 13



Which of the following is the most penetration

1. Electron beam.
2. 8 MV photons.

3. 18 MV photons.
4. Proton beam.

3. 18 MV photons.

given in

Page 70



The radiation tolerance of whole liver is : .

1. 15 Gy.
2. 30 Gy.

3. 40 Gy.
4. 45 Gy

3. 40 Gy.

Not given
in Harrison but The question has been added in the end



In which malignancy postoperative radiotherapy
is minimally used?

1. Head and neck.
2. Stomach.

3. Colon.
4. Soft tissue sarcomas.

2. Stomach.

Answer given
in Page 73

Answers for ALL THE QUESTIONS in Tamil Nadu PG and 6 out of 8 Questions is AIPG 2004 are given explicitly can be found in this small book. You can answer one more question from the points given

The next litmus test was to know whether one can answer the “mirage questions”. Mirage Questions are those few questions asked in a PG Entrance Exam that are not found in the usual text books and the aspirants will be searching one book after another after the Exam is over and the answer will elude them. One reviewer wanted to know about H shaped Vertebrae. We could see that it is seen in Sickle cell Anemia Another reviewer wanted to know whether the answer for Bracket Calcification can be found in the book. He had once faced the question in JIPMER 2002 and could not find the answer in "ordinary" books and when he saw Lipoma of Corpus Callosum in this book, he was much impressed. Rummaging around the pages we found that Golden S Sign seen in Right Upper Lobe Collapse (the recent exams ask the specific lobe)

Well Done Dr.Sumer K Sethi !!! This book is bound to be one of the classics of PG Preparatory books if the author changes the style of the text which now appears truncated and chewed upon to be more flowing and vibrant and the Publishers could concentrate a little on the Typesetting

As one of the reviewers remarked “This book can be read at the cost and time of two movies” and to answer 100 % in State PG and about 90 % (87.5 % to me more accurate) in All India (where you are expected to answer 66 % correctly to get into the top 100 ranks) from such a small book is commendable and the author needs to be appreciated

Reviewed on
November 20th 2004
Reviewed by
Bruno and others in Target PG

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    Dr Sharma
    MD Radiodiagnosis

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