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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Scott B Rader, D.O.(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of brain development and brain disorders, ranging from congenital malformations to traumatic injuries. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a textbook on pediatric neuroimaging for residents, fellows, and practicing physicians. It will also serve as a useful reference for pediatric radiologists. Imaging modalities and naming nomenclature have changed since the previous edition warranting the new edition. The author definitely meets his objective.
Audience: This book is written for physicians in all levels of training as well as practicing physicians in radiology. It would also be useful to physicians training or practicing in neurology, neurosurgery and pediatrics. It will be particularly useful to radiology residents interested in specializing in pediatric radiology.
Features: Initially, the book covers updated techniques and methodology in pediatric neuroimaging including issues surrounding pediatric sedation. MRI and CT are emphasized throughout as they are the emerging modalities for imaging the pediatric brain. Next, normal development of the brain, skull and spine is thoroughly discussed. The remainder of the book covers the many areas of brain, spine and skull disorders. Many high quality CT and MRI images are included. The glossary is thorough and the list of diseases covered in the book that appears after the table of contents is very useful.
Assessment: This is a very high quality pediatric neuroimaging textbook that is a needed update of the 2000 edition, as MRI and CT imaging continue to evolve. This book will be useful to radiology physicians of all levels of training and will also be an excellent reference for physicians in neurology, neurosurgery, and pediatrics.