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Choosing the Correct Radiologic Test: Case-Based Teaching Files

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Owing to financial constraints, greater pressure is being put on physicians to order only appropriate radiologic exams. The American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria have emerged as a widely accepted standard by which the appropriate use of radiologic exams is judged. This book enables physicians and trainees to learn the ACR recommendations in a clinically relevant and intellectually stimulating way. More than 400 clinical scenarios are organized into ten modules based on organ systems. Each ...

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Overview

Owing to financial constraints, greater pressure is being put on physicians to order only appropriate radiologic exams. The American College of Radiology (ACR) Appropriateness Criteria have emerged as a widely accepted standard by which the appropriate use of radiologic exams is judged. This book enables physicians and trainees to learn the ACR recommendations in a clinically relevant and intellectually stimulating way. More than 400 clinical scenarios are organized into ten modules based on organ systems. Each scenario is addressed by means of an interactive quiz in which the reader is invited to select the best option from various imaging modalities. Each choice is given a numerical rating of appropriateness, with accompanying comments when necessary. Correlative images of pathologies are included to enhance the reader’s appreciation of the diagnostic power of the modality in question. This book is ideal as a tool both for self-study and for quantitative evaluation of students’ knowledge.

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Reviewer: Maria Kristine Goertz, M.D.(Regions Hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center)
Description: Using a case-based approach, this book is a guide to selecting the appropriate imaging for different clinical scenarios. It presents the clinical scenarios with multiple choice options for the best imaging modality and answers with an appropriateness ranking for each choice.
Purpose: The goal is to educate general medical practitioners on the appropriate imaging modality for different clinical scenarios. These are worthy objectives, because some providers may not be aware of the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria. For the most part, the book meets its objective, but there are times when the answers could have included more explanation.
Audience: The intended audience includes general medical practitioners, but this book may be more appropriate for those earlier in their training, such as medical students or residents. The authors are physicians in the department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Features: The book is divided into sections by systems, such as musculoskeletal imaging or neurological imaging, and seems to cover many clinical scenarios that general practitioners would see in everyday practice. Each case has an image that depicts the radiological findings that one might expect in that clinical scenario from the most appropriate imaging modality, which is helpful. One shortcoming is that there is little discussion in the answers for each clinical scenario — I probably would have learned more if there had been more discussion.
Assessment: This book does a good job of presenting many clinical situations and allowing readers to consider the most appropriate imaging test before giving the American College of Radiology Appropriateness Criteria. The case-based approach makes reading the book more interesting. It could be improved by providing more information and discussion in the answers to each case.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783642157714
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 11/30/2012
  • Edition description: 2013
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 592
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Choosing the appropriate radiologic exam: Plain film. Fluoroscopy. Ultrasound. Computed tomography. Magnetic resonance imaging. Nuclear medicine.- Breast imaging.- Cardiac imaging.- Gastrointestinal imaging.- Musculoskeletal imaging.- Neurologic imaging.- Pediatric Imaging.- Thoracic imaging.- Urologic imaging.- Vascular imaging.- Women’s imaging.

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