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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard M. Gore, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a brief, introductory survey of the most common disorders affecting the alimentary tract and solid abdominal viscera. The major imaging techniques such as barium studies, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography are discussed as they relate to the demonstration of abdominal pathology.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the core material, "the requisites" of gastrointestinal radiology and abdominal imaging in a succinct and user-friendly way.
Audience: This book most successfully targets the beginning radiology resident. Senior residents and practicing radiologists may find it useful as a brief review of the subject.
Features: The book is divided into seven chapters: esophagus and gastroesophageal junction, stomach and duodenum, small bowel, pancreas, liver and spleen, biliary system and gallbladder, colon and rectum. Each chapter begins with a brief overview of examination techniques, their indications, and their relative values. The authors then discuss major radiologic patterns such as cystic pancreatic masses, solitary colonic filling defects, and esophageal narrowing. This problem-oriented approach is a major strength of th e book: the reader encounters gastrointestinal diseases the way they are found in clinical practice. The appropriate test is performed yielding radiographic findings, the differential diagnoses of which are narrowed by clinical context.
Assessment: The authors are to be congratulated for distilling the requisites of an enormous and complex field into a readable, practical, and affordable book. Beginning radiology residents would do well to begin their study of gastrointestinal radiology with this book.