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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kevin R. Moore, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This comprehensive introduction to clinical imaging is intended for nonradiologists. The chapters are arranged by organ system, and an appendix introduces radiologic procedures and their indications.
Purpose: The authors' stated intent to integrate imaging into the undergraduate medical curriculum is laudable. Since radiography often influences management decisions, its early introduction may facilitate appropriate application later in clinical practice.
Audience: Although intended for medical students, this text would be better suited to first year radiology or clinical residents.
Features: It features good quality paper and an appropriate number of figures and tables. Most disease processes that could be encountered during clinical practice are included. Unfortunately, the text is frequently too abbreviated, and the small font size is sometimes difficult to read. Approximately 95 percent of the photographs are of good or very good quality. Some of the CT scans (particularly in the CNS section) are too dark and some of the plain films are of too high contrast or too dark. Tables are clear and generally well organized. The lack of references is acceptable in an introductory text. The basic appendix is intended for the nonradiologist and, except for omission of a contrast premedication protocol, sufficiently reviews pertinent information needed to prepare patients for radiographic studies.
Assessment: This book is a well-intended effort. Unfortunately, the scope of the text is too encyclopedic to recommend its purchase to students already overburdened by more required texts than they can reasonably read. Many of the reviewed diseases are unlikely to be encountered by students, and conversely there is overly abbreviated coverage of the diseases most likely to be discussed in classroom coursework or encountered on the wards. It may be useful for first year radiology residents during their initial rotations, and medical or surgical residents may find it helpful during clinical conference preparation. Because it does not optimally address any one target audience, this book is difficult to recommend for individual purchase. Radiology or clinical department libraries may find it a useful addition.