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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charles M. Reilly, DPM (Illinois Masonic Medical Center)
Description: This is a unique atlas that compares photographed sections of foot and ankle anatomy with corresponding images obtained with MRI and CT techniques. The book is logically structured into three sections based on anatomical planes: the coronal, the transverse, and the sagittal.
Purpose: The purpose is to correlate images obtained with the latest generation of MRI and CT scanners with cut specimens that were taken from the same feet. A resource such as this is invaluable to clinicians and radiologists who are using state-of-the-art imaging techniques diagnostically. Using the 3-mm slices of the foot and ankle in three different planes allows the reader to accurately decipher anatomical structures on corresponding images.
Audience: This book is an important resource for those who use state-of-the-art imaging techniques to diagnose problems of the foot and ankle: radiologists as well as clinicians (podiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, etc.) It can be an excellent learning tool for students and residents to learn the anatomy of the foot and ankle and the different characteristics of the imaging techniques.
Features: The book's appearance is very professional. The color photographs and images are clear and large enough to clearly see specific anatomical structures. The atlas includes a standardized anatomical legend; the same identifying initials are used throughout the atlas and can be easily identified by using the accessible "fold-out keys." The authors take for granted that the reader has some knowledge of the anatomy because an index listing specific anatomical structurals is lacking. This could be a limitation to some readers not familiar with the anatomy.
Assessment: This resource is invaluable to radiologists and clinicians diagnosing foot and ankle problems using MRI and CT techniques and should be part of their reference library. As these imaging techniques become more advanced and are used to diagnose foot and ankle pathology, we will see that this book was at the cutting edge.