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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: George C. Enders, Ph.D.(University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This compact 250-page book designed for beginners learning to read and interpret normal CT images is arranged in 12 regional chapters, typically with introductory comments on that region's anatomy introduced by text, tables, or images followed by a series of labeled CT images.
Purpose: The purpose is to teach beginners how to read and interpret CT images of the body.
Audience: The audience is medical students, interns, and residents who need to read CT images.
Features: Each of the 12 regional chapters first introduces that region's anatomy (sometimes by diagrams, sometimes by text, other times by tables or other radiological modalities such as plane films) and then follows with a series of CT images that have normal structures labeled. Some of the chapters are very well done, providing the reading with an excellent introduction to that region's anatomy with many illustrations and text followed by high quality, labeled CT images. Examples of excellent chapters include ones on the temporal bone, paranasal sinuses, and lungs. Other chapters are poorly done (upper and lower limbs for example) with poor quality CT images and little true guidance to that region. The order of the chapters in the book is strange, with chapters 1, 2 and 3 covering the brain, temporal bone, and paranasal sinuses, but chapters on the skull base come after those on the upper limb. The chapter on cardiac CT anatomy is very out of date, as can happen in the rapidly progressing world of radiology.
Assessment: This will serve a limited audience of those who feel they need a book to teach them how to read CT images. Parts of the book are well done, but the quality of the chapters is variable.