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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Rochell Olive-Harmon, MS (Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This is a good, comprehensive book designed to help with preparation for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) examination in radiology. Sections at the end of each chapter provide an excellent tool to help students improve their critical thinking skills.
Purpose: The purpose is to help radiology students master the necessary information in each of the content-specific areas. The book also will help students achieve technical competence and build their professional demeanor.
Audience: It is written for radiology students, instructors, and technologists, and it is a good addition to the both the student's and technologist's library.
Features: In addition to information on four of the crucial components of the ARRT examination, the book also provides a good foundation in computed tomography, magnetic resonance, and mammography. The information on digital imaging and the case studies with critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter are unique, helpful features. The images and diagrams are excellent. Shortcomings include some outdated/misinformation, such as the 10-day rule concept, and a figure (7-4) that does not align with the listed interaction. The book covers the basics for each topic, which may not address some readers' needs.
Assessment: This book contains concise, but limited information for four of the five categories for the ARRT examination. It can serve as a nice addition to the technologist's library. I would have liked to have seen more information in each chapter to meet the educational needs of students with a variety of learning styles.