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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.