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From The CriticsReviewer: David Kujawa, PT, OCS (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This book provides an introduction to the principles of radiology for the rehabilitation clinician. The author is a practicing physical therapist who has developed and taught imaging courses for students and therapists. The book is part of the Contemporary Perspectives in Rehabilitation series.
Purpose: It is intended as an introductory text for clinicians and students who are beginning their study of radiology. As such, the focus of the book is on the plain film radiograph. The book is meant to provide the reader with a general awareness of the capabilities and limitations of plain film orthopedic radiology, sufficient technical information to facilitate comprehension of a radiology report, and the confidence to view films and recognize what has been diagnosed.
Audience: The book is designed as a resource for the student and the practicing clinician. Students will find it useful to improve their understanding of musculoskeletal pathology. The clinician will find it a valuable resource that allows them to supplement their existing evaluative skills, leading to improved patient care and enhanced communication with physicians.
Features: The first three chapters serve as an introduction to the general principles of radiology, evaluation of normal and pathological bone, and evaluation of fractures. The remaining chapters are devoted to specific body regions that follow a common format of osseous and ligamentous anatomy, and growth and development. A summary of key points is provided at the end of each chapter as well as a self-assessment test designed to challenge the visual interpretation skills of the reader.
Assessment: This is a clearly written, well illustrated, and clinically relevant text. It will serve as a much needed and valuable resource on the subject for the student and the practicing clinician.