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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Noah Emerson, D.O.(Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: The authors have produced a unique MRI atlas of the normal fetal and postnatal brain.
Purpose: In order to successfully recognize fetal and neonatal CNS pathology, one must know the normal anatomy and maturation. Appropriately, nonionizing radiation, specifically ultrasound, has previously been the mainstay for diagnosis in this age group. However, with survival of younger and younger gestational ages as well as the improvement of MR imaging, more detailed examination is frequently desired. The authors provide a unique atlas of normal fetal and postnatal brain development, an essential tool for understanding this period of brain development.
Audience: Although this atlas may be used by a larger audience, it is focused on practitioners using fetal MRI.
Features: Using MR images, labeled anatomic sketches, and histological photographs, the authors have compiled an amazingly detailed reference.
Assessment: The combination of histological photographs, line diagrams, and MR imaging of this period of brain development in one atlas is quite unique and this is an invaluable book.