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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vinod S. Kudagi, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a pocket-sized, quick reference guide for cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of CMR.
Audience: It is intended for students, physicians in training, and practitioners who are interested in a basic understanding of CMR.
Features: The book is divided into three major sections, the first of which is detailed overview of MRI physics. The authors have done good job of simplifying a topic that is very difficult to understand. The second section details the performance of a cardiac MR study. The third section on the clinical applications of MRI includes multiple case examples. The book makes good use of figures, which are easy to understand. All chapters have highlighted sections that are important to remember, and end with summaries.
Assessment: The authors have done a good job of covering all major topics in CMR in a concise book. The information is presented in an easy-to-understand, user-friendly format. This book should be used as a quick reference to understand basics of CMR. It is not intended to replace textbooks for in-depth understanding of CMR.