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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joel R. Meyer, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a pocket-sized atlas illustrating cross-sectional imaging anatomy of the head, neck, and spine with CT and MRI scans and corresponding color anatomical drawings. The atlas is divided into five color-coded sections including cranial CT, cranial MRI, neck, spine, and musculoskeletal system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a handy reference to learn basic anatomy necessary to interpret CT and MRI images. Although this is a worthy goal, the low resolution cross-sectional images limit the utility of this book to practicing radiologists. More specifically, temporal bone CT and cervical spine CT and MR are not covered with adequate image quality or anatomical detail to be useful for image interpretation.
Audience: The text might be appropriate for technologists, students, nonradiology residents, or other nonimaging practitioners interested in a basic understanding of cross-sectional anatomy. Radiology residents and fellows require more detailed anatomical drawings in imaging planes appropriate for diagnosis. These are typically found in subspecialty textbooks or more detailed anatomical atlases.
Features: The line drawings presented in the text are well done, but cross-sectional anatomy is better understood in the context of an organ system approach, rather than in the order that a CT or MR scan is photographed. Other books, such as Harnsberger's Handbook of Head and Neck Imaging, present anatomy with line drawings in chapters that also discuss relevant imaging and clinical issues. Similar handbooks are available for neuroradiology and musculoskeletal imaging.
Assessment: This atlas provides basic imaging anatomy correlated with labeled anatomical line drawings. It might serve as a handy pocket atlas for students unfamiliar with cross-sectional anatomy.