Description: As part of the MRI Teaching File Series, this book covers the major problems encountered in the MR examination of the head and neck.
Purpose: The 100 cases are presented in a format that allows readers to develop observation and interpretation skills, so they can enhance their MR interpretive skills in the process of gaining clinical knowledge of head and neck pathology.
Audience: The cases are presented at an appropriate level for a practicing radiologist, resident, or clinician interested in reviewing head and neck cases. The editors are university-based radiologists specializing in head and neck radiology.
Features: Each case is presented with images on the left hand page, followed by a brief description of the clinical history and MRI findings. The diagnosis and discussion of the pathology and possible therapies are presented on the right hand page. A short bibliography of suggested readings is also provided. In a little over 230 pages, 100 cases are presented in a concise fashion allowing for quick review of an extensive amount of material covering most diagnostic dilemmas in head and neck MRI. Although the subject index is thorough, a table of contents organizing the material into broad differential categories would have been helpful. The photographic quality is good, but the pictures themselves are small in order to fit each case on two pages. It is also confusing when two different patients are presented in the same set of images prior to the description of findings.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile text for a quick reference or review of head and neck imaging. The format is effective for time management because it allows coverage of an extensive amount of material in a rapid fashion. Presentation of 390 new images is justification for this updated edition, since MR imaging itself is evolving so quickly.