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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Maryellyn Gilfeather, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This CD-ROM version of Stark and Bradley's Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 3 Volume Set, 3rd Edition (Mosby-Year Book, Inc, 1999) is an updated and comprehensive MRI reference. A Windows-based system running Windows 95, Windows NT, or Windows 3.1 is required, as well as 16 MB of RAM, 35 MB of free hard disk space, a 4X or faster CD-ROM drive and a 640 x 480 monitor with color (thousands or better). In addition, a 28.8 or faster modem is needed for optional Internet access.
Purpose: The material in this comprehensive MRI text is easily and quickly accessed using the CD-ROM format. The simple search function allows the user to search the text by key-word, key-words, or by broad topic. In addition, the user can quickly access Mosby-CD Online for customer support information, updates, and valuable related Internet site links.
Audience: This product is intended for radiology residents and practicing radiologists. As a valuable and easily accessed resource, it would also be extremely useful to those who teach MRI. The editors have done an excellent job of choosing well-known experts as chapter authors to cover the many subspecialties in MRI.
Features: This CD-ROM contains a comprehensive overview of body, musculoskeletal, and neurological MR imaging, as well as detailed explanations of MR physics. The excellent images clearly illustrate the well written text. Also included are carefully updated imaging protocols for 1.5 Tesla systems. This CD-ROM is very easy to install, including the link to Mosby Online. The text is thoroughly referenced, with the highlighted references accessed by a single mouse click. Included is a helpful feature which allows the user to add notes to the text. Portions of the text can also be copied and pasted into other Windows documents.
Assessment: This third edition of a well known work adapts extremely well to the CD-ROM format. The ability to easily search this comprehensive text, and the easy link to the Internet make this an extremely valuable nuclear medicine (NM) reference. As new MRI software, hardware, and pulse sequences continue to rapidly evolve, NM textbooks can quickly become obsolete. This text not only includes both well established MR techniques and more updated, still-unproven ideas, but it includes Internet access which gives the user access to continually updated web connections for the latest information.