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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jodi S Matheson, BS, DVM, DACVR (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: This is an update of a concise handbook covering important background information — physics and positioning — for the most commonly used diagnostic imaging modalities in veterinary medicine. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: Beginning each chapter is a textbox outlining chapter contents and key points. After covering the topic in a well-organized manner, the chapter concludes with review questions. This format is consistent throughout the book, making reading chapters out of sequence quite easy.
Audience: This would be a nice board review for radiology residents. The book has a very good overview of the basic physics of the common imaging modalities and a review of radiation safety. It also is excellent for veterinary technicians. Along with an overview of x-ray physics, it covers patient positioning and commonly seen image artifacts.
Features: The book's consistent format allows it to be used as a quick reference guide, which can be very helpful on a busy clinic floor. Both film-screen and digital imaging modalities are covered. This book is not meant to teach how to diagnose diseases, but rather to provide good background to enable readers to obtain images of food diagnostic quality. Additional online material is available for study and for teaching purposes.
Assessment: Readers looking for a concise overview or review of diagnostic imaging physics and positioning will find that this book fits the bill.