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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Samer F Najjar, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This practical reference on vascular diagnostic laboratory testing discusses the modern noninvasive modalities used in the management of peripheral vascular diseases. The editors are all cardiologists who currently are directors of prominent vascular labs in the U.S. Most of the contributors are from a medicine background with additional contributions by vascular technologists.
Purpose: The purpose is to present an updated overview of the modern methods used in the diagnosis of peripheral vascular diseases. The authors have accomplished this goal in a concise and instructive manner.
Audience: This book is principally aimed at cardiologists expanding their practice into the area of peripheral vascular medicine. However, practicing vascular surgeons as well as trainees in the fields of interventional radiology, cardiology, vascular surgery, and neurosurgery can also benefit from this book as it is rich with diagrams, color images, and case studies.
Features: The 17 short chapters are grouped into eight anatomical sections. Two chapters cover magnetic resonance and computed tomographic angiography. A useful CD-ROM contains images and video clips as well as test questions. The chapters are short (about 10 pages each), and as such are unable to stress all of the important points typically addressed in more comprehensive textbooks. For example, there is no specific section for interpretation of noninvasive lower extremity testing in diabetics and, more specifically, the utility of toe pressure measurement as an important adjunct when determining the healing potential of a diabetic foot ulcer. The book, overall, does an excellent job of simplifying many important concepts by including ample diagrams and images. It also appropriately addresses the topic of access site complications and their diagnosis.
Assessment: I enjoyed this book. It is practical, easy to read, and serves as an excellent introduction to the world of vascular laboratory noninvasive diagnosis and interpretation. The CD-ROM is an excellent additional resource. The authors achieve the goal of providing the essentials in the field. The lack of contribution by vascular surgeons is a glaring drawback, considering the long history of vascular surgeons in establishing vascular laboratories and treating peripheral vascular disease. I highly recommend it as an introductory book or as an adjunct to the larger and, thus, more comprehensive texts in the field that sometimes lack the modern images and videos provided here.