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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy Herlihy, BS, MA (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book discusses the basics of MRI, pulse sequences, and hardware requirements.
Purpose: The purpose is to give the reader a basic overview of MR physics, imaging techniques, and hardware. Targeted at a broad audience, the authors present the ideas clearly, avoiding the more difficult math and physics aspects.
Audience: This book would be ideally suited to technicians and radiologists who are new to MRI and to radiology residents. I would recommend this to MRI graduate students as a first-semester reading.
Features: Although nicely presented, this book is short on some figures. It could use a graphical explanation of gradient echoes, sequence timing, and gradient lobe usage. MR images are not always easy to reproduce, but some figures could be drastically improved. The demonstration of wrap-around (or frequency undersampling) could be better. The abundance of pulse sequence diagrams is quite useful.
Assessment: Given the speed at which the field of MRI evolves, up-to-date information is important. This book does a nice job of discussing the major points of MRI, presenting current imaging techniques and hardware considerations. Although there are several such books out, this is a simple, easily readable book that covers all aspects of MRI, from the basic physics, to specific pulse sequences, to hardware requirements.