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From The CriticsReviewer: Loren C. Macey, M.D. (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive book covering all aspects of the imaging of breast implants.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a definitive reference on the subject of breast augmentation, breast implants, and their imaging characteristics.
Audience: The book was designed to assist radiologists and surgeons with the complex imaging-related and clinical evaluation of the augmented breast as well as breast implant failure. It will also be of interest to referring physicians who need to know which patients could benefit from an imaging study. Patients with questions regarding implant complications as well as attorneys involved with breast implant litigation will also find this book helpful.
Features: This book has a complete compendium of the classification and history of breast implants, clinical evaluation of the symptomatic patient, mechanisms of implant failure, imaging characteristics, as well as effect on breast cancer detection, with extensive examples and references. The authors also provide logical algorithms for evaluating the augmented breast with mammography, MRI and ultrasound. The clinical and imaging aspects of implant failure are thoroughly described and illustrated with quality images. The CD-ROM supplement includes a breast implant catalogue, special color images, AVI's, and images of early breast implants (pre-silicone era) as well as silicone and current implants. References and large scale studies of local and systemic complications are thoroughly reviewed.
Assessment: This book is an essential reference providing the necessary knowledge to solve the complicated issues involving the symptomatic patient with augmented breasts that many breast imagers and surgeons face. It is the most comprehensive reference on the subject, with data assembled by two imagers with an extensive combined experience of imaging the augmented breast. The supplemental CD-ROM with the breast implant catalogue as well as detailed color images referred to in the text and AVI's alone is worth the price of the book.