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From The CriticsReviewer: Joel R. Meyer, MD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book provides a concise overview of clinical applications of current MRA techniques. Physical principles of flow related to MRA are discussed in order to provide a framework for understanding current techniques as well as advances that will occur in this evolving technology.
Purpose: Unlike much of the literature available on MRA, this book is very practical and accomplishes the authors' stated goal of trying to "demystify" MRA. Both phase contrast and time of flight MRA are covered in sufficient detail to enable readers to use these techniques for common clinical indications. Advantages, limitations, artifacts, and pitfalls of the various techniques are discussed and illustrated sufficiently to help those new to the field avoid mistakes in performing and interpreting MRA examinations.
Audience: The book is appropriate for MR practitioners, fellows, residents, and motivated technologists. The three authors are all nationally and internationally recognized as experts in MR imaging and MRA in particular.
Features: The text is copiously illustrated with state-of-the-art examples of MR angiograms. Diagrams and tables are also used effectively. The references are excellent and the index is well organized.
Assessment: Although it is extremely difficult to write a concise overview of a technoloqy that is rapidly changing, the authors should be commended for their excellent review of current clinical applications of MRA. It is both practical and of sufficient depth to provide readers with a basis for understanding inevitable advances that will occur in this field.