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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Bennett S. Greenspan, MD, MS (Georgia Regents University)
Description: This is the fifth edition of an introductory book of uroradiology that covers the basic and critical information radiologists need to know. The book was first published in 1990, and the fourth edition was published in 2008.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the information relevant for the practice of uroradiology.
Audience: The book is written for practicing radiologists and radiology residents.
Features: A chapter on the anatomy and embryology of the genitourinary tract begins the book. The next three chapters discuss congenital anomalies, diagnostic techniques, and functional renal anatomy, physiology, and aspects of contrast media. The remaining 17 chapters are divided into various topics, such as renal cystic disease, renal tumors, renal inflammatory disease, the urinary bladder, prostate and seminal vesicles, and diseases of the uterus. The book is easy to read, and it is easy to look up various topics. Textboxes in each chapter highlight key points and differential diagnoses. The section on techniques includes a discussion of radionuclide scrotal imaging, a technique that has been completely replaced with ultrasound. In the description of ultrasound, its use for testicular torsion vs. epididymo-orchitis is underemphasized. The references for nuclear medicine techniques other than PET are somewhat outdated. In figure 8.1, the caption refers to arrows to point out renal cysts and solid tumors, but there are no arrows.
Assessment: Overall, this is an excellent book on uroradiology. It presents the pertinent and timely information radiologists need to know for their practice, and radiology residents need to know to develop competence in the field. There has been substantial revision, making this a useful reference in the field.