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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is the third edition of an introduction to the research, technology, and clinical applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that has become standard reading material for radiology residents. The second edition was published in 1999 and the first edition in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with the knowledge of the tools needed to assess various MRI modalities and to understand and apply the contrast mechanisms inherent in any of the modalities. This information is an essential ingredient in the education of any radiologist. The book meets its objectives very well.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is radiology residents and the book has become standard for residents in training programs across the nation. However, it serves well as an introductory book for anyone wishing to learn about MRI. Certainly, the authors are recognized authors in the field.
Features: The book provides an introduction to the science and technology of magnetic resonance imaging, enabling in-depth assessment of contrast enhancement mechanisms. A final chapter on clinical applications is reinforced by clinical images throughout the book. The authors write well and have chosen their examples very well.
Assessment: This book is a very well written book and has wonderful illustrations of technical principles, many of which are clinical images. New editions every four years might seem to be excessively frequent, but the field of magnetic resonance imaging is changing quickly, both technically and clinically.