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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cris A. Zimmermann, RT (R)(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: "This book covers all aspects of cross-sectional anatomy for the imaging professional. Loaded with images in all planes, it has drawings that are annotated along with the corresponding picture in CT or MRI. "
Purpose: The purpose is to familiarize radiologic technologists with sectional anatomy. The book is necessary because there isn't a big selection of cross-sectional anatomy resources available. The book exceeds the author's expectations.
Audience: The book is written for all radiologic technologists who need to understand cross-sectional anatomy. The author is definitely an authority with the abundance of information in this book.
Features: The book encompasses all aspects of human cross-sectional anatomy. I enjoyed the simple and concise table of contents as well as the introduction. The reviews of skeletal anatomy in the beginning of each chapter are covered in sufficient detail for the targeted audience. The method, for example, of covering all sections of a pelvis in the order one would see them on an actual CT is impressive without being redundant. The author focuses discussion on all visible anatomy on the average CT or MRI and does not cloud the picture with anatomy not seen on an actual CT or MR image. The supplemental section combines some common pathology to round out the discussion. At the end of each chapter, there are review questions that are particularly helpful in focusing the spectrum of anatomy. The analogies used throughout are insightful and meant to simplify information for the reader. In the extremity section, joints are the main point of interest. Although some images in the supplemental section are of poor quality and some of the drawings did not seem to equate to the same image shown in CT or MRI, the book overall is extremely useful. I noticed a few spelling errors, but the book's pros definitely outweigh the cons.
Assessment: As a clinical instructor of student radiographers who also teaches cross-sectional anatomy, I found this superb book to be a valuable tool. I've already suggested to our program director that we switch to this book from the one we are using now, Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Professionals, by Kelley and Petersen (Mosby, 1997).