This atlas is a compendium of various musculoskeletal entities and covers topics ranging from bone and soft tissue tumors to fluid-filled spaces surrounding the joints. It is structured with a one to one and a half page summary of a particular disease process including histopathology, common clinical and radiologic features, MRI findings and differential diagnosis. Each summary is followed by a few representative MR images. Other modalities including CT and plain radiography are also included. The purpose is to fill a "void" in the literature regarding musculoskeletal imaging, although it is not clear what that perceived "void" actually is. The introduction suggests MR imaging of common tumorous and nontumorous lesions is lacking in the literature. There are, in fact, many excellent and well-referenced texts available covering the topics covered in this text. The audience being addressed is novice and experienced musculoskeletal MR readers, and the text is targeted for "the busy private practice and outpatient academic setting." Although this is a nice abbreviated collection of common cases seen in practice, it is not well illustrated enough or detailed enough to serve as more than a superficial reference. The illustrations are beautiful examples of various disease processes and are large enough to appreciate the detail of the imaging presented. However, there are a very few images to represent entities with a much wider range of appearance than shown in this book. The references are sparse, and several references were repeatedly used throughout the book, including a major musculoskeletal textbook so frequently referenced I wonder if it wouldn't be a better single purchase foraccess to MR imaging. Although this is a nice collection of images representing a variety of entities, I would not purchase this for personal or academic use.
As the authors state, this is not meant to be taken as a complete textbook. Many rare lesions have purposely been excluded, and topics are limited to those lesions which might fall within the realm of a busy private practice or outpatient academic setting. Each entity is described with respect to its definition, clinical features, location, implications, MRI appearance, and differential diagnosis. The contents cover fat-containing tumors, fibrous lesions, cystic masses, fluid-filled bursae, vascular lesions, masses arising from nerves, inflammatory lesions, muscles presenting as masses, miscellaneous benign masses, miscellaneous malignant tumors, bone-forming masses, cartilaginous tumors, miscellaneous benign lesions, miscellaneous malignant masses, and intra-articular masses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)