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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jacob A. Stolk, PhD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This book covers the basics of magnetism, electricity, and MRI hardware, as well as relaxation mechanisms. Considerable attention is devoted to the physics behind Fourier analysis, frequency, and phase and signal sampling. Physical principles underlying many image artifacts and clinically relevant imaging sequences are discussed in detail.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe in some detail the physical principles that make MRI possible. In addition, the text sets out to provide the practicing radiologist with the knowledge to acquire and interpret basic imaging protocols.
Audience: This book was written for radiology residents, MR technologists, and practicing radiologists. The authors feel that to understand and interpret MRI studies correctly, an understanding of the basic underlying principles is essential. Though the book is not as rigorous as some MRI textbooks, it assumes the reader has a reasonable grasp of physics.
Features: A key feature of the book is the description of the physical details of MRI without requiring the reader to be knowledgeable in the fields of quantum mechanics and differential calculus. The authors describe in detail the application of state-of-the-art sequences, including GRE, FSE, EPI, 3D TOF, etc. Especially relevant is the section devoted to image artifact analysis and avoidance. Additional clinical images representing the different imaging techniques and image artifacts would have been helpful.
Assessment: Many books have been written about the basics of MRI. This one has managed to find a happy medium between the cartoonish basic books and mathematically rigorous advanced books. The authors have presented the physics of NMR in a clear fashion, which provides ample background to understand the sequences that are prevalent in today's MRI clinic. The textbook lends itself well to resident training and as a brief review of the essentials of MRI.