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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Yulia Melenevsky, MD (Medical College of Georgia)
Description: This is an update of a comprehensive review of musculoskeletal MRI previously published in 2006.
Purpose: It is one of the few books currently available that details the basic technical information and protocols related to musculoskeletal MRI and outlines normal MRI anatomy and common disease processes.
Audience: Clearly written and well organized, this book is appropriate for radiology residents and fellows early in their training, as well as general radiologists interpreting musculoskeletal MRI studies. However, students may find this comprehensive book too advanced for their level of training.
Features: After chapters on basic technical concepts and general principles of MR imaging, key MR safety concepts, sedation, contrast, and artifacts are discussed. Organized by anatomic region, the book covers normal anatomy and a variety of pathological conditions. Recognizing the importance and complexity of these issues, the book includes separate chapters on neoplasms, infections, and marrow disorders. Clinical images are supplemented by illustrations and summarizing tables. Although image quality is generally very good, some radiographic findings do not project well. There is a good discussion of imaging optimization, but the MR appearance of complications in joint arthroplasty is not discussed. The fully searchable full text and a normal anatomy quiz are available online.
Assessment: This well-written and comprehensive book successfully summarizes the broad topic of musculoskeletal MRI. This edition is a significant update, featuring new images and references and including online access. Overall, it is an excellent practical resource for residents or general radiologists interpreting musculoskeletal MRI.