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From The CriticsReviewer: Maryellyn Gilfeather, MD(University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This book combines an anatomy atlas with a radiology atlas for a complete description of the anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis. As newer and more advanced imaging modalities are being used in diagnostic radiology, it is extremely important to have a clear understanding of the complex anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis. This book can be used both as a reference and as a text for learning body anatomy and how it is applied to radiological imaging.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide a single reference for the reader to gain a solid understanding of abdominal and pelvic anatomy, especially as it relates to cross-sectional radiological imaging. These are worthy objectives, because it is extremely important to understand normal anatomy and normal variants to correctly interpret radiological images. This book meets the authors' objectives by combining the classical teachings of an anatomy text with radiographic correlation.
Audience: This book is written for medical students and residents who are learning anatomy and are applying it to interpreting images. It is also a useful reference for the practicing radiologist who needs to review a particular anatomic detail. Both authors are well known in their fields and have published many works relating to abdominal and pelvic imaging.
Features: The text includes both anatomic drawings and radiologic images. Many of the illustrations have been previously published. The plain film, ultrasound, and CT images are of good quality and are well described and labeled. In my opinion, there are too few MRI images, and the MRI images provided are not of optimal quality. The references provided pertain to the test, as does the list of suggested readings.
Assessment: This book provides a complete discussion of the complex anatomy of the abdomen and pelvis. It is divided into sections based on anatomic regions, with complete coverage of the vasculature as well as the solid organs and the digestive tract. It describes both normal anatomy and normal anatomic variants. Each chapter begins with a review of the classical anatomy followed by radiologic images that reinforce the anatomic descriptions. This book is a useful text for medical students or radiology residents who need to learn anatomy in order to accurately interpret images of the abdomen and pelvis.