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From The CriticsReviewer: Robert James Bert, M.D., Ph.D.(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book presents basic physic principals, basic mathematical principals and contemporary clinical applications of diffusion and perfusion MR imaging and MR spectroscopy. Its illustrations are well chosen to instruct the reader not only in the principals of these techniques, but also in their clinical applications.
Purpose: The author's foreword states that the purpose of this book is to create a reference for perfusion MRI, diffusion MRI and MR spectroscopy such that these techniques can be widely applied for routine use in clinical practice. Such a book is long overdue in our profession. In my opinion, this book accomplishes this goal.
Audience: While it was not explicitly stated, I believe it was the intent of the authors that this book was designed, primarily, for the practicing neuroradiologist. In my judgment, this would be the correct audience for this book. It would also be an appropriate text for neuroradiology fellows, especially in their second year. There are multiple true authors, often more than one for a given chapter. The authors are well chosen for most, if not all, chapters.
Features: "This book provides an introduction to the mathematics, physics and clinical applications of current commercially-available diffusion MRI, perfusion MRI and MR spectroscopy packages. The book illustrates the application of these techniques in aiding diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic processes. An excellent feature of this book is the appropriate number and quality of illustrating examples. The color figures liven readablity. The number of presented spectrographs illustrating pathology is superior to most other currently available texts. One drawback of this text is the number of typographical and grammatical errors. Careful editing appears to have been sacrificed. These errors are distracting and unnecessarily degrade the quality of the reading experience."
Assessment: This is a long overdue text that clarifies and simplifies the application of contemporary MR diffusion imaging (especially diffusion tensor imaging and white matter tractography), MR perfusion imaging and MR spectroscopy. Its greatest value is its comprehensive treatment of the theory of these imaging methods without resorting to advanced mathematical descriptions that would be beyond the level of many practicing physicians. I have not seen a comparable text on the market. However, the editing of the text is suboptimal with respect to spelling, typographical accuracy and grammar.