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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roya Sohaey, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This new book of biliary imaging stresses ERCP imaging, but also reviews most biliary disease processes as seen with ultrasound, CT, and MR imaging.
Purpose: The goal is to provide an imaging perspective of the biliary system. Although the book stresses ERCP imaging, it correlates ERCP findings with other digital imaging modalities. Because ERCP is widely performed (usually by gastroenterologists) and interpreted (usually by radiologists), the authors' objectives for this book are worthy. They also correctly stress how to obtain high-quality ERCP images, another very worthy goal.
Audience: This is primarily an imaging book intended for radiologists who interpret ERCP films, but gastroenterologists would also benefit from this book. The book is a successful collaborative effort by a radiologist and a gastroenterologist who are credible authorities in their fields.
Features: The quality of writing (simple, easy, and enjoyable to read) and the quality of the illustrations are the highlights of this book. The schematic line drawings are easy to understand, informative, and consistent throughout the book. Although MR imaging receives a lot of attention in the text, I would have liked to see more NM images in the book. Regardless, I found the book very pleasing to the eye. Information is referenced well throughout the book and most of the references are current.
Assessment: This book represents a successful collaboration of a radiologist and a gastroenterologist and brings sense to the biliary system. By addressing quality of imaging and correlation with other imaging modalities (such as US, CT, and MR imaging), the authors have chosen radiologists as their primary audience. The quality of the images and line drawings are superb. I would recommend purchase of this book for libraries and bookstores that service radiologists and gastroenterologists.