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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary L Bloomfield, BA RT (R) (M)(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This basic positioning and related anatomy book is meant to be used as a textbook for first year radiologic technology students. It contains all the necessary information for students and the chapters are organized in a logical sequence. Each chapter contains a list of positions/projections that are covered, learning objectives, basic anatomy, and routine and alternative positions/projections. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The author has written this book to convey the "excitement and challenge of the subject" and to "facilitate the students' mastery" of the content. These are worthy objectives, but this book is not much different from other radiographic positioning and procedures that are available. I do not think this book is needed. It is very difficult for any book to meet these objectives. The many color illustrations make it more interesting to read, however, and the chapters are written in a concise manner.
Audience: According to the author, "the study of radiographic positioning and procedures is at the core of any radiography curriculum." This book contains the appropriate amount of material for radiologic technology students. This author is certainly a credible authority in the field.
Features: This book covers all the basic material necessary for first year radiologic technology students. It includes an introductory chapter, chapters on the chest and abdomen, and chapters on anatomy and positioning of the axial and appendicular skeleton. Sections cover the digestive and urinary systems. Trauma radiography of various parts of the body is presented and a section covers special radiography. This book covers an appropriate amount of material without going into too much detail, which is good for beginning radiographers. The color anatomy drawings are large and nicely labeled. The color drawings of the radiographs are not good, however, and it appears they were drawn by an artist who is not familiar with the anatomy shown. There are also several errors in the pictures such as the upside down radiograph and drawing of the esophagus on page 627, and the lateral lower leg radiograph labeled as an AP on page 274. These are very basic mistakes that make it very difficult for students to trust the information presented.
Assessment: The book is beautiful to look at and has many attractive features. However, in addition to the other shortcomings, the radiographs are not labeled with a right or left in many instances (page 124) and some of the pictures of positions are not good (page 160). These things are critical in a text for beginning students who need to learn the right way to do the exams. It also appears that the positioning portion is not entirely up to date. I use the positioning information presented in the 10th edition of Merrill's Atlas of Radiographic Positions and Radiologic Procedures (Elsevier, 2006). This book has a different centering point for the shoulder (page 178), and doesn't discuss angling the tube either cephalic or caudal on an AP knee (page 280) depending on the measurement from the ASIS of the patient to the tabletop.