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Review of Radiology
Sumer K Sethi
Peepee Publishers and Distributors
Rs 75
Type of book
Rapid Notes

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
The Review MCQs
Areas for improvement
Language and Grammar - The text appears to have been written in another language and translated "verbatim" into English
Type setting - It is hard to find whether the Heading in Sub heading or Main Heading
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 Lung
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 scan.

Answer given in Page 13
Which of the following is the most penetration beam'?
1. Electron beam. 2. 8 MV photons.
3. 18 MV photons. 4. Proton beam.
3. 18 MV photons.

Topic 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 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
24th April 2004
Reviewed by
Team Target PG
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second edition and more reviews coming soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
review of my book Reviewed by Sumer Sethi on Friday, September 10, 2004 Rating: 5

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

can u tell me site for free download of papers of pg exams .. at

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