Breast Imaging Companionby Gilda Cardenosa
The top-selling title in our Imaging Companion Series is now in its revised, updated Third Edition. Featuring over 1,000 large, clear images accompanied by brief, bulleted "key facts," this how-to book provides everything readers need to obtain high-quality scans...correlate radiologic, pathologic, and clinical findings...and communicate the significance of imaging results to referring physicians. This edition has a new chapter on magnetic resonance imaging and new information on the ACR Ultrasound BI-RADS Lexicon; keloids and hypertrophic scars; cutaneous angiosarcoma; subareolar abscess; columnar alteration with prominent apical snouts and secretions (CAPSS); mucocele-like lesions; cat scratch disease; granulomatous mastitis; and granular cell tumor.
Description: This soft cover book provides an overview of the basics of mammography. The text is bulleted, with one to five pages dedicated to each subject. This second edition updates the first published in 1997.
Purpose: The book is intended to serve as "an introduction, overview, and review" of breast imaging, predominantly film-screen mammography, and as a quick reference. As breast imaging is a significant component of many radiologists' practices, this information is crucial. The text meets its objectives admirably.
Audience: The primary intended audience for the text is radiology residents. The book would also be useful for practicing physicians who are not breast imaging subspecialists. Dr. Cardenosa is a very credible authority in breast imaging.
Features: The text focuses primarily on mammography, with discussion of breast ultrasound and interventional procedures as well. It discusses the basics of mammography, including screening and diagnostic exams and progresses to a discussion of problem-solving maneuvers in the workup of mammographic abnormalities. The augmented section on triangulation will be especially useful for radiology residents. Specific pathologic conditions are discussed succintly. Numerous high-quality illustrations and relevant diagrams throughout the book support the text. The section on interventional procedures is very well-written, and has been expanded since the first edition. It describes each procedure step-by-step, and includes pitfalls and many illustrations. Dr. Cardenosa has included much more information in the section on regulatory issues, including the Mammography Quality Standards Act and the American College of Radiology Accreditation Program. The Quality Control section is very thorough as well. Though not as interesting to most radiologists as the imaging itself, this information is vital, and is explained in a clear and concise manner. The first edition included brief discussions of newer technologies, including MR, sentinel node biopsy, and computer-aided diagnosis. These topics are not part of the second edition. The book is user-friendly; the expanded format of the table of contents allows the reader to find a specific topic within seconds. There is a refreshing lack of excess verbiage.
Assessment: I highly recommend this book. The affordability and ease of transport are key for residents. It is a concise, thorough review of mammography, and would be easy to read during a rotation. The information updated since the first edition is quite useful. This would be a valuable addition to the library of any resident or practicing general radiologist involved in breast imaging.
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