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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian D Petersen, M.D.(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a compendium of images and figures that graphically illustrate imaging strategies and pathologies encountered in MRI of the lower extremity.
Purpose: The goal, according to the author, is to center understanding of MRI of the lower extremity, not in pathology, but in the signs that we see at the viewbox. We see what it looks like...what is the pathology? As opposed to, we know the pathology...what does that pathology look like? Although it is important to be familiar with the imaging of pathology so that it can be recognized, a purely image-based atlas/text is a worthy undertaking. I found it fun to read through with good images and many, albeit sometimes confusing, cartoons and figures.
Audience: The book is directed to the "radiologist and those interested in radiology." The format is a bit simplistic for the practicing MSK radiologist, but would be fantastic for a general radiologist who ventures only occasionally into MRI of the lower extremity. This is one of the best introductory MRI books for residents with plenty of pictures, figures, and basic anatomic detail.
Features: The book aims to, in an image-guided fashion, address imaging protocols and pathology regarding MRI of the foot, ankle, knee, and hip. The strength of the book is in the multitude of high quality images and the "image before pathology" method that pervades the book. The first two chapters are not particularly useful and many of the MSK general imaging guidelines are repeated in the chapters for specific pathologies.
Assessment: The book is of use to those beginning training in MSK radiology, radiology residents on MSK service, and those general radiologists who occasionally interpret MRI of the lower extremity. The tables, figures and images are of high quality but can, at times, be confusing. However, there is no comparable book that I know of that centers so purely on the imaging to lead to pathologic diagnosis with regard to MRI of the lower extremity.