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Learning Abdominal Imaging
Editors: Antonio Luna
ISBN 13:
9783540880028
Springer
List Price: $59.99   250 Pages  Soft Cover 
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     Learning Abdominal Imaging is a concise guide to recognizing the essential elements of abdominal CT and MRI images for a fast and accurate diagnosis.  There is also discussion of the use of ultrasound imaging for several conditions in which US may be the first line of investigation.  Written mainly for beginners to the field of image interpretation, the book serves as a companion to the clinician who does not specialize in imaging but requires a basic skill set for the rationale application of findings to the clinical management of a patient.

     The manual has a total of 10 sections which each cover a region or organ associated with the abdomen.  Sections are presented within the context of a series of case studies in which a brief introduction including a patient presentation with pertinent medical history is given as background from which to interpret images obtained from that patient.  Each condition illustrated is concisely explained in text form in a “Comments” section followed by an “Imaging Findings” which outline the features that aid in working through a differential diagnosis.  There are also many areas in which recommendations for using a specific type of imaging modality are made, such as MRI being the most sensitive for detecting pancreatic carcinoma.  All in all these suggestions allow the user to more confidently interpret and order diagnostic tests for a wide variety of conditions on which light is shed by abdominal imaging.

     An effective feature of the book is the use of a variety of images obtained from different modalities displaying the same condition.  For example, the case presentation on Appendiceal Mucocele makes quick reference of contrast enhanced CT, double contrast barium enema, and ultrasound images for an all- around more thorough perspective of diagnosis.  These skills can’t be overstated in that a number of common diagnoses are often made in the radiology reading room after a study has been made of unrelated anatomical structures.  Therefore, one must appreciate the three dimensional nature of the anatomy of the abdomen and the cues that are given for various pathologies from different imaging modalities.  There is also an emphasis on explaining the importance of particular findings in terms of their clinical relevance which is an aspect which is lacking in a number of otherwise excellent radiology texts.  This adds great value to this text as the worth of abdominal imaging lies, not just with the patient presentation and history but also the likelihood that isolated findings are actually contributing to the clinical picture.

     This is certainly a text which certainly lives up to its title.  Clinicians new to interpretation of abdominal images will find this to be a concise and highly informative resource.  With a total page number slightly over 250, it can easily be covered within a week or two even by the busiest of physicians.  Gastroenterologists, emergency medicine physicians, primary care practitioners and others who require a working knowledge of abdominal imaging in their daily practice should read this book.  It is also recommended that radiologists get a copy of this title early in their training so that the essentials of GI imaging can be learned before delving into the greater depths of radiology literature. 

Ratings (1-10 , 10 being the highest):

Overall Rating:

7.9

Author’s objectives met:

9

Comprehensiveness:

7
Organization of information: 8
Significant number of illustrations: 8
Suitable for intended audience: 9
Overall presentation: 7
Quality of illustrations: 8
Usefulness of book:   8
Value: 8
Writing style: 7

Description:

  • Succinct and helpful summary of abdominal radiology
  • Reviews common imaging applications by reference to 100 illustrated cases drawn from clinical practice
  • Covers all relevant imaging techniques
This book is an ideal introduction to the use of radiology in imaging diseases of the liver, gallbladder and biliary system, pancreas, spleen, and gastrointestinal tract. Each of the ten chapters is devoted to a particular organ and contains ten illustrated case reports drawn from clinical practice. Common clinical situations and indications for imaging are reviewed, and clear descriptions are provided of the various imaging techniques that will assist in resolving diagnostic and therapeutic dilemmas. This book is recommended for medical students, residents, and inexperienced abdominal radiologists.

Learning Imaging is a unique case-based series for thos in professional education in general and for physicians in particular.

Table of contents

Liver Imaging.

Gallbladder and Biliary System.

Pancreas.

The Spleen.

Imaging of Peritoneum.

Esophagus.

Stomach and Duodenum.

Small Bowel.

Colon.

Ano

Rectum.

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