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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kirsten K Cestaro, BA, MD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This succinct book outlines a myriad of abdominal and pelvic diseases organized by organ system. Each disorder is described with bullet points, outlining MR appearance, key teaching points, and a limited differential diagnosis ("mimickers").
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a compact reference for diagnostic MR evaluation of abdominal and pelvic pathology. The format is primarily an outline with pertinent MR images depicting each disease entity. The information is concise but comprehensive and the information is well-organized and easy to read.
Audience: The book targets body imagers and general radiologists. Residents and fellows will benefit from it as well; it is a great source of information for those preparing for boards. The authors are credible and knowledgeable.
Features: The first chapter covers general MR sequences used in body imaging. Each subsequent chapter covers a specific organ system; the first portion of each section describes the normal MR appearance for various sequences, as well as organ-specific imaging protocols. The book covers each organ system, including liver, biliary tree, genitourinary tract, GI tract, retroperitoneum, and pelvis. Key points and imaging features of each disease are well organized. Most diseases include a section on "mimics," providing a limited differential diagnosis and means to discern one from the other. The outline format is high-yield, although not as comprehensive as two-volume book. The images are generally small, occupying about 1/8 of each page, but image quality is good and the clarity does not suffer. Many chapters include handy charts outlining the distilled imaging and signal characteristics of various lesions compared with their mimics.
Assessment: This is a concise, handy reference outlining important imaging features of a myriad of pathologic processes. Body imagers and generalists will benefit from this book; senior residents in particular will find it helpful in board preparation.