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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana J Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA (Palmer College of Chiropractic)
Description: This text is mainly a compendium of anatomically organized radiographic positions, developed for use as a teaching guide in the classroom. The author presents each technique with an illustration and with text description. He also includes information on film processing and on advanced imaging techniques.
Purpose: The main objective is to provide as a guide for appropriate x-ray technique in the clinical setting and for those in the process of learning how to position patients for optimal image presentation.
Audience: This is directed mainly toward the chiropractic student, and also to the chiropractic practitioner.
Features: The main portion of text is given over to a technique-by-technique description, organized by anatomical region. Each technique is described in terms of the anatomy it will demonstrate, the patient position, focal film distance, indication, central ray location, safety issues, and so on. There is a short chapter on advanced imaging, and there are two appendixes.
Assessment: The text is fine for what it does, but it is hampered by poor print quality on its illustrations. In part, this is due to the paper it is printed on. The topic is covered well, and this book will serve as a good guide for use in the clinical setting. But it will be measured against other similar texts that may be more comprehensive in their presentation.