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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel A. Henry, MD, FACR (Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University)
Description: This title is one of a series of monographs sponsored by the American Heart Association and the second in five years to focus on the cardiovascular applications of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and spectroscopy. The editors have assembled an international faculty to author chapters on the spectrum of clinical applications and research efforts.
Purpose: It is intended to serve as a compendium of the latest information on this rapidly evolving technology.
Audience: Those familiar with or already engaged in this area will find this book quite useful, but it is not well suited for those just beginning to explore cardiovascular MR. Its broad scope, supported by its relatively brief, readable chapters make it an ideal companion to more basic sources on the subject. The reader can quickly peruse the chapter material and then expand the topic through the ample and current references.
Features: Five sections include multiple chapters each on various cardiovascular MR techniques, selected topics in morphology, cardiac functional applications in ischemic heart disease, MR angiography, and spectroscopy. There is a minimum of overlap considering the number of chapters, topics, and contributors. Some of the technology discussed may not be commercially available, but the majority of the techniques and appropriate software are patient ready. These very technical discussions are complemented with two chapters dealing with cost-effectiveness and the challenges of managed care, while another chapter includes study CPT codes and provides procedure protocols.
Assessment: The rapid developments in MR technology and its applications in cardiovascular disease make it very difficult to develop a textbook on this subject. This monograph fills a unique niche providing substantive, relatively comprehensive, and current information complementing other more atlas-type texts. This addition to the monograph series is a very capable successor to its 1993 predecessor on cardiovascular MR.