Description: This comprehensive text of magnetic resonance imaging of the shoulder joint reviews anatomic, biomechanical, and clinical correlations with magnetic resonance imaging findings.
Purpose: The purpose is to cover the development of magnetic resonance imaging as applied to the shoulder joint emphasizing descriptive findings with close clinical correlation. The intended audience is all clinicians who evaluate patients with rotator cuff disease and instability.
Audience: The intended audience includes radiologists, orthopedists, and rheumatologists, though this text would best benefit radiologists.
Features: It is highly organized and includes detailed discussions of anatomic and technical considerations, and discussion of shoulder biomechanics as well as clinical evaluation of the painful shoulder. Subsequent chapters focus on magnetic resonance imaging findings in rotator cuff disease and glenohumeral instability. There are additional chapters on the assessment of the superior labrum, the long bicipital tendon origin, and the post-operative shoulder. The final chapters focus on arthritic changes in the shoulder as well as on various miscellaneous disorders including tumor assessment, avascular necrosis, infection, and nerve entrapment syndromes. While comprehensive, there is little overlap of material between chapters. Photographs and illustrations are of outstanding quality and emphasize details in the text. It is well organized; each chapter begins with an outline of the material to be covered. The text is easy to read and follows logically.
Assessment: The comprehensive nature of this book will greatly benefit all those who interact with patients who undergo magnetic resonance imaging for shoulder problems.