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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Richard Tupler, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This book on musculoskeletal imaging is part of a new series that promises to offer a concise, practical, and instructional approach to commonly encountered imaging questions. It provides guidance on how to accurately interpret imaging examinations based on the authors' experience and how to perform common procedures, including arthrography and biopsy. The book is essentially divided into three areas: technical issues and exam optimization; approach to musculoskeletal diseases including arthritis, tumor and infection; and the imaging of specific joints.
Purpose: The authors' stated purpose is to distill their expert experience and approach to clinical musculoskeletal challenges, rather than index the imaging appearance of common musculoskeletal problems, in an attempt to help readers accurately identify what they see on the images. This problem-solving is accomplished through numerous user friendly tables, tips, pearls, and tables simply laid out, similar to a PowerPoint presentation. The emphasis is on the images, with the text serving to complement the visuals. The book succeeds, presenting an extensive number of clear images and figures accompanied by succinct teaching points related to common diseases, disorders, and injuries. Specifically, the PowerPoint type approach enables quick learning and review.
Audience: Because it is so well organized, clinically oriented, and easy to read, this is an ideal quick reference for use in clinical practice at the viewing station. Though not explicitly stated, it is obvious that anyone involved in the interpretation of musculoskeletal MR images would find this book valuable. It is suitable for practitioners as well as radiology residents in training, particularly as a quick reference for general radiologists reading musculoskeletal MR. There is no topic that one would likely encounter clinically that is missing.
Features: The true strength of this book lies in its figures and tables, which are formatted in a way to provide an easy to read and understand format. The text complements and reinforces the more than 700 well done images. In this way, the pearls are clearly elucidated and easily understood. As an extra bonus, a CD is included with detailed musculoskeletal CT, MRI, and ultrasound protocols, dictation and review templates, sample patient questionnaires, and an appendix on how to properly image the hip.
Assessment: This concise, economical, and user-friendly tool has particular value during the day at the view box where dedicated reading is not possible and a quick review of the relevant key differential issues with appropriate images may be more efficient and practical. The formatted images are like having a musculoskeletal expert beside you. As such, this book is appropriate for all levels of training, particularly those looking for a quick review of relevant imaging issues and findings while interpreting musculoskeletal MR cases in clinical practice.