Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: B. J. Manaster, MD, PhD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This is the newest contribution to imaging of orthopedic trauma, this time concentrating exclusively on MR.
Purpose: The purpose is to outline both the accepted and evolving uses of MRI in trauma.
Audience: The authors quite rightly anticipate wider usage of MR for these indications in the near future, and expect that their book will be useful for the general practitioner as well as the subspecialist. These objectives are worthwhile and these objectives are met. However, for the resident it should be noted that only the subset of MR of trauma is included. Residents will need a broader view of trauma, including plain films, which will be obtained in other textbooks.
Features: The three introductory chapters provide an overview of MR physics. Of these, the one entitled "Applied MRI Techniques" is the most unique and helpful. This includes direction on imaging cartilage, synovium, MR arthrography, and orthopedic hardware. The remainder of the book is divided by anatomic location. Each chapter has good suggestions for positioning, as well as special techniques outlines and an overview of abnormal findings and anatomy. The book is not encyclopedic for these anatomic locations, but is quite handy with key points delineated by boxes. Another important feature is that the book has excellent, up-to-date references should the reader require more detail.
Assessment: This fine contribution covers a lot of material. It is less complete than other orthopedic texts in that plain films are not included, but is more updated than most of these. It is also less complete than individual books on specific joints such as Steinbach's Shoulder Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 1998). However, it does serve as an excellent overview and quick reference for the practitioner, especially when one confronts a specific problem (for example, the need to image a patient with orthopedic hardware or to optimally image a specific tendon). I recommend this book.