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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Seth Jay Kligerman, MD, MS (University of Colorado School of Medicine)
Description: This is an all encompassing neuroimaging atlas. With great detail and precision, it explores the complex anatomy of the brain, spine, head, and neck.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide physicians with a neuroanatomy atlas that will improve both the accuracy and efficiency of image interpretation. Given the complexity of this subject, the objectives are worthy and the book is much needed. The authors meet their goals and in many ways exceed them. This book makes all of my other neuroanatomy atlases useless.
Audience: The book is written for both radiologists and surgeons looking to improve their knowledge of neuroimaging anatomy. This book is perfect not only for people at the attending level, but also for residents or anyone trying to navigate through the complexities of neuroanatomy. The authors are some of the top neuroradiologists in the country and their publication demonstrates their expertise.
Features: Via both beautiful color illustrations and detailed neuroimaging slides, the book covers all neuroanatomy including the spine, head, and neck. The book is amazing in its detail and the quality of the images is unsurpassed. All structures are depicted using multiple modalities (primarily CT and MRI) in all three planes. The beautiful color art enhances the appearance and usefulness of the book. If you are not familiar with the Diagnostic Imaging series, you might have difficulty navigating the book at first, since its setup is unique. There are no real shortcomings to the book, although there are one or two typographical errors.
Assessment: This is, by far, the best neuroimaging atlas. I have many atlases, including Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy, 3rd edition, by Weir and Abrahams (Elsevier, 2003), Cross-Sectional Human Anatomy, by Dean and Herbener (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2000), Atlas of Human Anatomy, 4th edition, by Netter (Elsevier, 2006), and Atlas of the Visible Human Male, by Spitzer and Whitlock (Jones and Bartlett, 1997). For neuroanatomy, I can honestly say that my use of these other sources will decrease dramatically, if not entirely.