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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Evan Bresler, MD (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: As the lead author wrote in the preface to the first edition of this book, his stated goal was "to facilitate the complex process of diagnostic investigation in a broad range of orthopedic disorders." Now with the book in its sixth edition, the goal has been expanded to "familiarize the reader with a variety of new imaging modalities" and "to present the constructive and beneficial, as well as the negative, aspects" of the available imaging modalities. This represents an enormous undertaking and the authors have soundly met their goals.
Purpose: Initially, the title led me to believe that this was a sports medicine orthopedic MRI book. In reality, it is a general bone radiology book, with a far broader scope than expected. It excels in its ability to mix classic bone radiographic methodology with modern imaging techniques. It is refreshing to see so much effort put into the historic, but eminently useful, description of conventional radiography and other unglamorous tools available in the radiology armamentarium. On the retro side, it goes so far as to discuss standard and special radiographic projections for multiple joints, but does not abandon discussions pertaining to advanced imaging techniques.
Audience: Radiologists, both attendings and residents, will find it to be a practical resource, as it covers an extremely broad range of useful topics. Its utility, however, should not be limited to radiologists. The book also would be an excellent addition to the shelf of any orthopedic surgeon, rheumatologist, or other physician who is exposed to disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
Features: The sections related to bone trauma are especially well written. The descriptions and classification systems of fractures and dislocations are explained in a clear and concise manner. The authors are able to carefully blend conventional radiographs, CTs, diagrams, and text in a way that makes the topic readily understandable. The diagrams are extremely well done and provide just the right amount of detail. It is the use of these diagrams that sets this book apart from many others. The detail level is variable. For instance, more than half of an entire chapter is devoted to various types of osteosarcomas. The depth of information is extraordinary, with written descriptions of more than 15 types of osteosarcomas with accompanying charts, tables, diagrams, radiographs, CTs, and MRIs. Conversely, other topics are discussed only superficially. For instance, just a few pages are dedicated to meniscal injuries. Although not necessarily a negative, I was surprised that more attention wasn't given to this topic in an orthopedic radiology book.
Assessment: This brings up the topic of the type of book that the authors set out to write. I couldn't decide if the book was meant to be a reference or one that an individual could sit down to read chapter by chapter. I came to the conclusion that it is a combination of both and that its versatility is an asset. Some of the chapters are conducive to reading in their entirety, while others are better approached as a resource. Although the sheer size of the book precludes reading it anywhere but at a desk or table, the electronic version is easily manageable on an iPad. Overall, this book is excellent.