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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melinda A Graber, BA, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the radiographic studies most used in emergency medicine. Clinical case studies are presented throughout the book to help elucidate teaching points, focusing on easily missed disorders and diagnostic dilemmas.
Purpose: The purpose is to help improve the reader's skills in ordering and interpreting radiographs. The focus is on conventional radiographs, as well as noncontrast head CT. For emergency physicians this is a vital skill, which can greatly aid in making difficult diagnoses. The book is well written and thorough in addressing how to read radiographs, as well as covering easy to miss findings. The numerous pictures and radiographs are invaluable in demonstrating the author's teaching points and in engaging the reader in the clinical cases.
Audience: The author addresses this book to practicing emergency physicians. It is written at a level that would be most useful to emergency medicine residents or practitioners hoping to brush up on their skills. Medical students planning on specializing in emergency medicine would also benefit from this case-based review, as it is written thoroughly and clearly enough to address readers with a broad range of background knowledge. The author is an associate professor of emergency medicine at Bellevue/NYU and a widely known author in the field of emergency radiology.
Features: Each chapter covers when to order a particular film and the various views that are taken. The author addresses how to read each film, how to judge adequacy of film technique, and normal radiographic anatomy. He shows various abnormal films with key points addressing clinical significance of the findings. Interesting cases and radiographs are presented with multiple associated diagnoses. The author also makes a point to define commonly used terminology, and how to use these terms correctly. The best part of the book is the inclusion of numerous radiographs which are often correlated with drawn pictures helping to illustrate the key points. The clinical cases are interesting and consistently offer invaluable clinical pearls. They are well written and keep the book interesting.
Assessment: This well written book will be extremely useful for practicing emergency physicians. The clinical cases are interesting and help challenge the reader to improve their skills at evaluating radiographs more thoroughly.