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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Andrew Sonin, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is intended to serve as an atlas of orthopedic hardware encountered in musculoskeletal radiology. It is a new book with one primary author and multiple secondary contributors.
Purpose: The author intends to "bridge the gap" between orthopedic surgeons and radiologists by illustrating and describing the indications, appearances, and complications of a wide assortment of orthopedic hardware. This is a very valuable reference for the musculoskeletal radiologist, and the authors succeed resoundingly in providing detailed descriptions of most common devices.
Audience: The book is intended primarily for "radiology staff, residents, and musculoskeletal fellows." Its depth, however, makes it more suitable for specialists in musculoskeletal radiology. The primary author is an authority in the field of musculoskeletal radiology; contributing authors are more junior members of his departments of radiology and orthopedic surgery.
Features: The quality and pertinence of the figures is excellent; as this is primarily an atlas, the illustrations are of tantamount importance. The references are generally current and appropriate. The index and table of contents are adequate. The overall appearance of the book is very appealing.
Assessment: This is an excellent atlas of commonly used orthopedic devices and their radiographic appearance. The illustrations are of the highest quality, and are quite ample in number. Although the continual appearance of new appliances makes this volume somewhat susceptible to obsolescence, the universal principals discussed are pertinent. The dedicated musculoskeletal radiologist will find it invaluable, and the radiology departmental library will be incomplete without it.