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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Sandra L. Helinski, BS, MBA, RT (Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This book, a revised edition of a book published two years ago, is an excellent summary of the MRI science covering the physical principles for general understanding to the finer points of image acquisition. It describes the effects of all of the associated parameters that affect the quality of the MRI image. Highlights include more complex patient exam applications and contrast administration.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide a technically updated, practical description of MRI for students of MRI, residents, and technologists. It was not intended for MRI specialists or physicists not involved with the application of the MRI science in patient care. This goal was met by delivering fresh perspectives in the understanding of MRI principles for patient care personnel. "
Audience: As stated in the preface, this book was designed for the persons who practice the art and science of MRI in the pursuit of quality conscious, efficient patient care, whether technologist, physician, or student. The science of MRI is ever changing and the way the authors describe the science provides helpful and new ways to understand MRI.
Features: This is an excellent resource for technologists who have been studying MRI or for persons with prior exposure to the science. It reiterates the basics of MRI image contrast parameters and MRI system hardware. It provides descriptions and clarifications of MRI parameters that those in the field might not have understood in this manner. Patient care considerations are included, as well, regarding contrast agents and advanced applications of functional and cardiovascular imaging. The glossary provides an excellent description of MRI terms.
Assessment: This book would be very helpful to technologists who have had several years of MRI experience. It is an appealing read and retains the interest of the reader with its concise descriptions that help one to understand MRI processes in new ways. Some chapters are a revelation. It is not advisable to use this as a complete introduction to MRI. Publications by Westbrook, et al. MRI in Practice, 3rd edition (Blackwell, 2005) and the MRI Registry Review by Medical Imaging Consultants are better for those purposes.