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From The CriticsReviewer: Loren C. Macey, M.D.(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This up-to-date review of many of the recent advances in spinal imaging and image-guided therapeutic interventions includes clinically applicable information regarding MR techniques, anatomic considerations, and pathophysiology, as well as imaging features.
Purpose: The 13 chapter topics were selected to give a fresh perspective on the newer techniques and concepts currently being used in spinal imaging. Although thist is not an all-inclusive book on spinal imaging, each chapter extensively discusses the relevant state-of-the art techniques involved in imaging the particular disease entity. This is a worthwhile text since MR imaging of the spine has evolved to now largely replace myelography.
Audience: The chapters are presented at an appropriate level for a practicing radiologist, resident, or clinician interested in reviewing the technical advances in imaging the spine and spinal cord. The contributors comprise a panel of internationally recognized experts on MR research, neuroradiology, neurointervention, and neurosurgery.
Features: The book begins with extensive discussion of MR imaging principles as well as clinical applications of the newer sequences used to image the spine. Advances in diffusion weighted imaging, magnetization transfer, driven equilibrium, FLAIR, and fast STIR are covered with their clinical applications to imaging the spine. Flow-sensitive MR imaging of CSF flow is also thoroughly discussed. A full chapter is devoted to the newer techniques of imaging nerve roots and peripheral nerves. Imaging of degenerative spine disease, spinal trauma, compression fractures, congenital malformations, tumors, cervical radiculopathy, vascular and non-vascular image-guided therapies make up the last half of the book. Although MRI is the focus of many of the discussions, the roles of CT and plain radiography are not overlooked.
Assessment: The chapters are written and illustrated thoroughly. Anyone interested in the latest advances in spinal imaging, particularly in MR, should find this book refreshing and helpful.