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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dana Smetherman, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is essentially an atlas of MR imaging findings, organized according to the criteria of the ACR BI-RADS lexicon.
Purpose: The book aims to provide a guideline for breast imagers trying to standardize their observation and reporting of MRI findings in breast disease — a worthy and important goal.
Audience: The intended audience is radiologists specializing in breast imaging, and it is written at an appropriate level for these readers.
Features: The book is organized into four broad groups — introduction, primary findings on breast MRI, associated findings on breast MRI, and special topics unique to breast MRI. The book is structured like an atlas, with little narrative text. It relies on an outline format followed by the extensive illustrations. These illustrations, the strength of the book, provide an unusually rich, complete atlas of expected MRI findings of pathological processes of the breast and should provide a very useful reference to breast imagers. Indeed, I can easily see this book residing in the reading rooms of breast imagers, frequently used as a reference as they interpret MRIs. The only potential shortcoming is the advanced level at which the text is written. It assumes a fundamental working knowledge of standard breast imaging and pathology and may not be particularly helpful to general radiologists or residents.
Assessment: This book is of uniformly high quality and fills a unique niche among the currently available references on breast imaging.