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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Fillmore, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This book represents selected proceedings from the symposium by the same name organized by the Cleveland Clinic and Leiden University and held in Leiden in August 1995. The 11 short articles in this volume briefly review the current status of myocardial scintigraphy and myocardial PET imaging, MR coronary angiography and spectroscopy, stress echocardiography and stress MR imaging, intravascular ultrasound, and quantitative coronary angiography.
Purpose: This slim volume provides brief and up-to-date reviews of each of the areas. The individual chapters nicely contrast the relative strengths and weaknesses of the different imaging techniques of evaluation of ischemic heart disease.
Audience: This is a useful study aid for residents and fellows wishing an introduction to the imaging evaluation of ischemic heart disease. It will also be a useful adjunct for experienced practitioners who wish a brief survey of the current state of the art in this rapidly evloving area.
Features: The tables are valuable for providing concise summaries of the published experiences with the techniques to date. Although the illustrations provided are of high quality, there are perhaps too few. The reference lists are up-to-date and as such are an extremely useful entry into the literature for those readers who wish to delve deeper into any single subject area.
Assessment: This book succinctly reviews the current state of the listed imaging techniques. It does not, however, pretend to represent an encyclopedic review of a mammoth subject. As such, this book will be a valuable addition to training program libraries and to individual practitioners seeking a quick review of this topic.