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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Stan Zipser, MD, JD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: Each of the 100 cases in this casebook contains an approach to the case, questions and answers, anatomic drawings and further images of the diagnosis, or images from other diagnoses in the differential.
Purpose: The purpose of the book is two-fold: to teach readers the area of head and neck radiology and to serve as a guide in the daily practice of head and neck radiology. Both are worthy objectives as this area is very complex anatomically and pathologically. It is an area in radiology that is often not emphasized probably due in part to its complexity. In both these areas the book is a success.
Audience: The book is intended for the practicing radiologist and those who want to learn head and neck radiology. It is appropriate for the practicing radiologist, senior resident or fellow, or junior resident with some experience in head and neck radiology, and anyone studying for board certification. Because of the complexity of the subject, and the fact that this book is not intended as a primary or beginning text in head and neck radiology, the book is not appropriate for a first exposure to the subject. The author is a well known expert on head and neck radiology.
Features: The book covers the full gamut of head and neck imaging, including orbits, temporal bone, skull base, and neck. It is very thorough covering both common and uncommon pathology, and uncommon manifestations of common entities. For example, case 1 presents calcified retinal masses which prove to be retinoblastoma; case 23 involves an enhancing mass of the trigeminal nerve which proves to be perineural spread of skin cancer; and case 4 presents neurofibromatosis involving a plexiform neurofibroma of the opthalmic and maxillary divisions of the trigeminal nerve. This book has many strengths. First, presenting the cases as unknowns and then describing an approach to analyzing each case is beneficial as it keeps readers engaged in the subject matter while instructing them how to approach different, similar cases enountered in daily practice. Second, the relevant anatomic drawings and occasional gross anatomic sections presented for each case are a great teaching aid especially due to the complexity of the anatomy involved in head and neck radiology. The index is very helpful as examples of specific diagnoses can be sought. The reproduced images are very good. I have two recommendations. First, add descriptions of the orientation (coronal, sagittal, axial) of the anatomic figures — it is not always obvious. Second, provide references for further reading on each case or subject.
Assessment: This is an excellent book. It compares very favorably with other teaching file formats, such as the Case Review Series from Mosby, and surpasses them with its detailed explanation of the recommended approach to each case and the anatomic illustrations.