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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joyce D. Schroeder, B.S., M.S., M.D.(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a summary of the MRI findings of normal anatomy and common disease entities encountered in the clinical practice of body imaging. The book is likely directed toward radiologists with extensive experience in body CT imaging, but not familiar with body MRI.
Purpose: The purpose is to familiarize radiologists with the MRI findings of body imaging. In particular, the book aims to assist radiologists in establishing MR tissue diagnoses and to accurately diagnose and stage neoplasms. The book is a timely addition to the radiology literature and the author meets his objectives in this well-referenced book.
Audience: The book is directed towards radiology residents, fellows, and practicing radiologists trained before the maturation of body MR. This audience is well served by the concise descriptions of MR imaging of anatomy and common disease entities. The author is a credible authority and the chapters are extensively referenced.
Features: MR imaging of disease processes of the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis are included. Chapters are organized around body organs, including MRI of the liver, bile ducts, gallbladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, kidneys, spleen, retroperitoneum, peritoneum and the female and male pelvis. Additionally, chapters are dedicated to MRI of the fetus and breast. The final chapter covers MR arteriography of the aorta. Some images are dark in this printed format but, overall, image quality is adequate.
Assessment: This is a timely addition to the body imaging literature, compiling a wide set of images and technical information on body MR imaging. It is a useful and quality set of cases describing MR diagnosis and staging of diseases in the thorax, abdomen, and pelvis.