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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cris A. Zimmermann, RT (R)(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This is the third edition of a clinical reference manual and instructional text on sectional anatomy. The book was first published in 1997 and last updated in 2007.
Purpose: This is considered a guide for all the sectional images seen in imaging departments, certainly a worthwhile objective.
Audience: It is intended for healthcare professionals who encounter sectional anatomy images on a daily basis. The authors are both faculty members of college-based radiologic science programs.
Features: The book includes not only line drawings and CT scans, but also MR and 3D images. A few highly schematic drawings of regions in the brain, for example, aid in simplifying some of the more complex regions. Each chapter covers a different region of the body. After an outline of chapter objectives, chapters include a description and several illustrations of a body region. The sporadic pathology boxes that highlight common abnormalities are a unique feature.
Assessment: Although initially the book may appear crowded and perhaps overwhelming, it is a thorough sectional anatomy book best reserved for imaging professionals who need to not only identify the basic structures but also locate some of the more inconspicuous regions of the body. This third edition is in keeping with the amount of sectional imaging that goes on in most of the larger healthcare facilities.