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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Steven W. Fitzgerald, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This atlas presents the cross-sectional anatomy of the chest, abdomen, and pelvis demonstrated by CT and MRI.
Purpose: The authors' intention is to provide a portable reference on normal anatomy suitable for the interpretation of cross-sectional imaging studies. Additionally, this atlas functions as an aid to learning cross-sectional anatomy of the abdomen and thorax.
Audience: The primary audience is radiologists-in-training, although surgical house officers would also benefit from the information provided. The secondary audience is medical students and other physicians in the process of learning cross-sectional anatomy.
Features: The small atlas fits easily in a laboratory coat pocket and provides a handy reference for viewbox teaching. The CT and MR images are of good quality and are paired with color-coded line drawings that depict the displayed anatomy. Direct sagittal and coronal MR images support the axial CT images. Figure legends and keys are provided on each page. Segmental pulmonary and hepatic anatomy and lymphatic drainage regions are nice additional features. Labeling errors are very rare, and the index is adequate.
Assessment: This pocket-sized atlas joins a growing list of anatomical references available. The quality of the images and the excellent supporting line drawings make this atlas a good choice for physicians-in-training and medical students.