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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Geoffrey David Clarke, Ph.D.(University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description: This book describes in detail both the types of pulse sequence variants and the elements of pulse sequences employed for modern magnetic resonance imaging. The authors present in a single, comprehensive volume extensive cross-references to allow perusal of this field in accordance with the reader's interests. The level of detail presented is far beyond any previously published monograph and reflects the authors' careful study of the complete scientific and technical literature in this field.
Purpose: This book aims to help the reader gain a comprehensive understanding of many pulse sequences and associated techniques in use in the current field of MRI. Although others have previously presented the basic sequences with some interesting variations, what has been lacking previously is a description that includes detailed discussions of the various classes of pulse sequences in all their variants. This work is a distinguished accomplishment of the authors' goals and will likely exceed the expectations of most MRI scientists who refer to it as a concise but extensive source.
Audience: The authors admit that this book is not written for beginners in MRI science. It assumes not only a good mathematical understanding of MRI physics but also some minimal hands-on experience in the field. There are many very good books already in the market for those beginning their adventure in the field of MRI. However, for those who have significant experience but who feel the frustration of trying to keep up with the progress in all aspects of this diverse field, the unifying principles presented here will be a welcome revelation.
Features: The first chapter covers the basic models used in MRI pulse programming, the Fourier description of signals, and the rotating frame of reference. The second section covers in details the use and crafting of radio frequency pulses for MRI applications. The third section goes into to the use of magnetic field gradients and their applications. The fourth section deals with data sampling the k-space description of MRI. The fifth section puts the whole story together, explaining the pulse sequences used in conventional clinical MR scanning.
Assessment: The authors, all of whom are respected MRI scientists, write their sections in a seamless style so that it is difficult to tell where one starts and the other ends. The book works equally well if it is read straight through or if it used mainly as a reference. This book is highly recommended for any serious student of the science of magnetic resonance imaging.