Preparation of FCPS Part 1 Radiology Paper 2


Here u can see many posts about your paper one..but mostly people fail when they dont make it in paper 2…

How much time u need and whats ur study strategy that all varies from person to person..

In paper 2, 80 % of paper is totally anatomy.

Remaining 20 % from blood, oncology or anything cpsp likes.I would say whatever you read in gross anatomy, always open your Netter atlas too, visual impact will help you to remember things easily. And minimum revise 5 times anatomy.

Here is detailed review about how to study anatomy for radiology.


1.gross anatomy

books i used RJ LAST, NETTER Atlas, big snell, snell review, kaplan antomy, few topics i studied from KLM as well which i had studied back in first year

RJ LAST is a must for abdomen ,,if u dont have it download it.

You have to do everything… but few topics which should be on your fingertips, n few which u might miss are written as follows.


brachial plexus, all nerve injuries ( do it from big snell, have a good grip at this topic, if u have time also see kaplan anatomy videos)

they ask a lot about venous drainage, read it carefully ( i read this topic from KLM)

cubital fossa, axilla its boundaries contents, carpel tunnel, cubital tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, clavipectoral fascia and structures piercing it(KLM)

lymph drainage of breast ( RJ LAST)

other topics from snell review are enough


snell review is enough

dont miss sephanous opening and its contents, adductor canal

femoral triangle, femoral sheath, femoral canal, femoral ring (snell review is enough but do it carefully dont miss or confuse anything as names look the same)

blood supply of femoral head ( see difference in children and adult )

structures passing through greater and lesser sciatic foramen

knee joint and ankle joint ( listen to kaplan lectures n get better understanding of this topic rather than just ratta,,its just 5-10 min video)

inversion eversion ankle injuries

what is the strongest ligament of hip joint ( ans iliofemoral ligament)


mediastinum RJ LAST,,

heart blood supply kaplan and  big snell

other topics from big snell

give special attention to diaphragm openings, respiratory mechanics, bronchopulmonary segments

esophagus and its constricions


the most most important region, books i used here were

RJ LAST and Netter Atlas

Peritoneal folds of ant. Abdominal wall

L1 ( Tranpyloric plane)

stomach bed

Relations of liver

rmain and accessory pancreatic ducts from pancreas

gall bladder, pancreas, stomach,  kidneys, suprarenal glands, ureter all these structures and their relations

dont dont  miss anything from this region


pelvis inlet, outlet, walls of pelvis

urogenital diaphragm, perineal membrane, contents of superficial n deep perineal pouch,

ischiorectal fossa and its contents,

supports of uterus

lymphatic drainage

relations of uterus with iliac artery , uterine artery

extravasation of urine in penile injuries

narrowest, longest, widest, shortest part of male urethra

big snell is enough


RJ last for these topics only,,others from snell review

deep cervical fascia

summaries of triangles of neck

thyroid gland, parathyroid,, trachea

Ventricles of brain

Veins / venous system of brain

Arterial supply of brain

Types of fibers in brain

corpus callosum

Internal Capsule

trigeminal ganglion

filum terminale


snell review

the only thing which u can leave in gross anatomy is the origin inserion of muscles.


2. neuroanatomy

kaplan neuro, if u have time see its videos also to clear ur concepts.

I would suggest while doing it from kaplan also see neuro chapter from first aid as well.

5-6 questions from neuro,,are usually difficult ones

we had a question in paper- cinguate gyrus blood supply,,dont know where is it written in book

but i had seen at page discussions so i knew it was ACA.

There was another question about basal ganglia relations,,i dont know what i marked.

Circle of willis is asked quite often.

Blood supply of different brain areas.

Thalamus/ hypothalamus nuclei

brainstem lesions ,spinal cord lesions on ur fingertips.

3. general anatomy

read from any general anatomy book which you have

all joint types

intramembranous/ cartilaginous ossification

muscle types

type of bones long ,short, regular ,irregular bla bla


4. embryology

high yield embryo 50 pages wali 😛

half day me hojae gi poori

revise it a day before paper

5. histology

here in group, there are some slides about epithelia,,that is okay.

Besides that few things which i read from laiq hussain are,,

a little in detail about gastric epithelia i.e read about parietal cells, chief chells,

thymus, laryngeal cartilages, renal system

MCQ practice

1.rabia ali

do at the end of every region you cover

2. asim shoaib

after completing one subject do its respective part

preferably do all three series of asim shoaib i.e med, gyne , surgery

3. chandkian after you cover asim shoaib

start mcqs right you start your prepif u have 3 months, start with 150-200 mcqs per day in first month,,once you have covered ur course n started revision, speed up ur mcq practice upto 300-400 or more per day,,gradually increasing as much as u can..

Do asim shoaib  n chandkian atleast twice, better thrice.


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Remember in your prayers,


Dr. Maira


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