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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Pam Isaacs, DO (University of Colorado School of Medicine)
Description: This generously illustrated text is an outline of the currently available imaging modalities used to diagnose a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. The author addresses practical concerns, including cost-effectiveness, patient radiation exposure, and selecting the most appropriate imaging modality.
Purpose: His purpose is to "facilitate the complex process of diagnostic investigation in a broad range of orthopedic disorders" by providing a practical approach to the subject. His primary stated aim is to teach medical students and radiology residents and then have the book serve as a reference for practitioners interested in bone and joint disorders.
Audience: The book is directed to "physicians whose practice requires imaging of the musculoskeletal system. This includes medical students, residents, and fellows in radiology and orthopedic surgery, physicians in primary care fields and specialties dealing with the musculoskeletal system, radiology technologists, and other paramedical providers." The author, professor and chief of musculoskeletal radiology at UC Davis, is a recognized and respected authority in his field.
Features: A wide range of musculoskeletal disorders are covered. The "Practical Points to Remember" are provided at the end of each chapter to outline the salient points. Suggested Readings are also given at the end of each chapter that provide references for more in-depth study. The radiographic images are classic representative examples of the disease process. The tables and illustrations provide additional helpful information.
Assessment: This text serves as an invaluable teaching tool for medical students and radiology residents. This third edition is an up-to-date reference containing the latest technologic advances in the field.