Description: This is an extensively revised and updated version of a classic reference in pediatric radiology (last edition 1993). The new title for this edition recognizes Dr. Caffey's historic contributions while reflecting the major new emphasis on diagnostic imaging that has accelerated in the last decade.
Purpose: Dr. Caffey's goal, as stated in the preface for the first edition of this book, was to provide a complete, general textbook designed to give all physicians caring for children a comprehensive survey of pediatric radiology. This tenth edition, the combined effort of three editors and more than 60 contributors, is a comprehensive collection by experts in all the subspecialty areas of pediatric diagnostic imaging. This exceptional two-volume set reflects the explosive growth of new imaging modalities while retaining important aspects of conventional radiography.
Audience: This book is valuable to a wide audience including radiologists (residents, general radiologists with an interest in pediatric imaging and pediatric radiologists), pediatricians, pediatric subspecialists and family practitioners. As in prior editions this book retains heavy clinical orientation. Dr. Caffey, known by many as the "father of pediatric radiology," pioneered the field with a spirit of clinical inquiry.
Features: Organization of this book follows the organ system approach of previous editions. Each section begins with an overview of imaging modalities applicable to the organ system. The safest, most accurate and most cost-effective way to reach the diagnosis is stressed throughout the book. There is a new section on neonatal imaging, nearly tripled in length and moved to the front of the book. A new section on hazards of radiation exposure in childhood has been added with a glossary of useful terminology and many helpful tables. The CNS section has been strengthened by addition of many new MR images and a new chapter on hydrocephalus. The respiratory section has been expanded with many new high resolution chest CT images. In the GI section there is a new chapter on abdominal trauma and the addition of many new cross sectional images. Many new GU chapters have been added emphasizing the use of US, CT, MRI in addition to conventional imaging. The musculoskeletal section has been nearly completely rewritten with new chapters on congenital anomalies, bone dysplasias and syndromes. A new chapter on soft tissue neoplasms stresses the role of MRI. New chapters on soft tissue disease, joint disease, trauma and child abuse have been written. Chapters dealing with systemic and metabolic diseases of bone have been consolidated and updated. Material on nuclear imaging and interventional procedures have been integrated throughout the text. The references have been extensively revised, updated, and subdivided at the end of each chapter according to major topic. Nearly one half of the illustrations in this edition are new. Many classic conventional radiographic images from earlier editions have been retained, although some have been replaced by better examples. The index has been revised and is now more comprehensive. Image quality has been improved. The number of tables has been doubled and there are new "teaching boxes" throughout each chapter emphasizing important points. Important features of earlier editions, recognition of normal variants and the importance of clinical correlation, are preserved. New color histology, pathology, Doppler US, endoscopic and nuclear medicine SPECT images have been added to the front of each volume. This book is well-organized and a pleasure to read. Shortcomings of this book are few. The collection of the color images in the front of each volume is somewhat cumbersome for the reader, but this is due to understood printing limitations and the images are adequately referenced by section, chapter, figure and page numbers.
Assessment: This 10th edition continues the tradition of a broad-based work, "the bible of pediatric radiology," that provides both general and specific information necessary for the practice of diagnostic pediatric imaging. This work is a much improved version of an already outstanding reference that will undoubtedly contribute to advances in pediatric radiology and to the healthcare of our most valuable resource, our children.