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Overview

This unique new resource directs readers to the most efficient and cost-effective imaging and laboratory studies for any diagnostic challenge. Written by best-selling author Fred Ferri, MD, FACP, Ferri's Best Test presents complete guidance on both radiologic and laboratory approaches in a single, user-friendly source. It is available in soft-cover book format, and as software for most handheld devices.
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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the third edition of this spiral-bound pocket guide to diagnostic tests last updated in 2010.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a "practical reference for ordering tests." This is a worthy objective, which this book meets reasonably well, given the size constraints of a pocket guide.
Audience: It is intended for "medical students, interns, residents, practicing physicians and other healthcare personnel who deal with laboratory testing and diagnostic imaging in their daily work." This is a broad audience and the author is correct in that the book will have wide appeal.
Features: True to the previous editions, this guide addresses most things you might want to know about laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging. The book is divided into three sections: common diagnostic imaging tests, laboratory tests, and diagnostic algorithms integrating both imaging studies and laboratory testing. Diagnostic imaging runs the gamut from x-rays to CT to MRI to ultrasound to PET-CT. (I don't know enough about diagnostic imaging to comment on this section.) Laboratory testing covers over 300 tests, with each test description following a standardized format (reference range, common abnormalities, and causes of an abnormal result). The diagnostic algorithms cover 143 diseases and disorders. Obviously a book this size (it has to fit in the pocket) cannot be all-encompassing, and it is not surprising that relatively esoteric diseases or laboratory test nuances cannot be covered. For example, von Willebrand testing is limited to von Willebrand "factor" only, without a discussion of multimers or ristocetin cofactor. (And it is referred to incorrectly in the possessive, i.e., von Willebrand's.) Yet surprisingly, it contains a little-known "pearl" that von Willebrand factor activity reference range varies by ABO blood type. Similarly "heparin-induced thrombocytopenia antibodies" mentions an "antigen" assay (presumably the heparin-PF4 EIA) without mentioning the serotonin-release assay, and comments it is elevated in heparin-induced thrombocytopenia without noting the notoriously poor specificity of this test (i.e., detectable in many people without heparin-induced thrombocytopenia). As for the diagnostic algorithms, the two eponymous diseases (Cushing's syndrome, Wegener's granulomatosis - which, by the way, has been renamed "granulomatosis with polyangiitis") do not have an introduction, so you better know what the disease is in advance or the algorithm will not be helpful. A book this size cannot get into these details, and in this regard this edition is laudable for covering so much information in such a concise and clear manner.
Assessment: This edition continues the tradition of excellence of the previous editions. You should get it if you want/need a broad overview of diagnostic imaging and laboratory testing in current clinical practice.
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"True to the previous editions, this guide addresses most things you might want to know about laboratory testing or diagnostic imaging.This edition continues the tradition of excellence of the previous editions. You should get it if you want/need a broad overview of diagnostic imaging and laboratory testing in current clinical practice."-Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital) Doody Review: 83/100

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323057592
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Ferri's Medical Solutions Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Sect. I Diagnostic Imaging

Sect. II Laboratory Values and Interpretation of Results

Sect. III Diseases and Disorders

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