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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard Tupler, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This volume in the highly regarded Case Review series for radiology subspecialties covers nuclear medicine.
Purpose: The aim of the series is to educate readers via core knowledge question-and-answer case studies. With 200 cases, new coverage of PET-CT, SPECT-CT, and radiation safety, supplemented by over 400 images, this is a concise, economical, and user-friendly tool for self-assessment and oral board preparation.
Audience: The target audience is radiology residents and fellows and practicing radiologists. This softcover book provides an excellent case selection for sharpening diagnostic skills in this challenging subspecialty area. The emphasis on differential diagnoses and pertinent radiological findings in a case review format is particularly relevant for board preparation and review.
Features: The cases are randomly organized into "Opening Round," "Fair Game," and "Challenge" sections, based on three different levels of difficulty. The randomly organized cases are presented as unknowns with three to four questions on the right-hand page, with the diagnosis, answers to the questions, additional commentary, and references on the flip side. Blank space is available for note taking. Over 400 state-of-the-art images effectively complement and support the text. This second edition contains over 40 new PET-CT and five new SPECT-CT cases.
Assessment: Though this is not a substitute for reading a traditional nuclear medicine residency level book such as those in the companion Requisites series, this would be a very good resource for residents to assess their knowledge base and prepare for board examinations. It is an efficient, easy-to-read, and cost-effective study tool embraced by a majority of residents in training.