Description: This is an aptly named collection on neurovascular imaging. Rather than the typical approach to neurovascular imaging that is based upon the disease processes, the focus of this book is on the imaging techniques themselves and optimizing their use in the clinical setting.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide comprehensive coverage of new and currently available neurovascular imaging techniques in order to optimize their use by practicing radiologists. Neurovascular imaging techniques are frequently mentioned in neuroradiology textbooks, but generally from the perspective of the disease process. This book focuses on the imaging techniques themselves, a depth of coverage that is generally not present in standard neurovascular imaging books.
Audience: Although expressly written for practicing radiologists, this book likely will capture a broader audience that includes radiology residents, neuroradiology fellows, and those in closely affiliated clinical disciplines, such as neurology, neurosurgery, and vascular surgery. The editors have assembled an impressive group of contributing authors from respected institutions around the world.
Features: This book is generally broken down by imaging modality (ultrasound, CT, MR, DSA, perfusion techniques, plaque imaging, intravascular imaging, pediatric vascular imaging). Each technique is discussed in detail, including the underlying physics, pros and cons, artifacts and pitfalls, clinical applications, and potential future directions. The book is notable for its sizable ultrasound section, a modality that is often omitted from neurovascular imaging books.
Assessment: This is a welcome addition to the neuroimaging literature. The books in this area are often based upon disease processes, with the imaging technique an afterthought. The focus on the imaging modalities themselves and their optimal use is unique and this book will be well received by its audience.