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CA Helms , NM Major , MW Anderson , P Kaplan , R Dussault 2nd ed, 456 pp, CAN $155.00, Hardcover Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Saunders-Elsevier, 2008 ISBN: 978-14160-5534-1.
The second edition of Musculoskeletal MRI provides in depth understanding of MRI as it pertains to the musculoskeletal system albeit at a basic level. While the text is directed at the radiologist or radiology resident it is an exceptional resource for clinicians aiming to improve their ability to read special imaging or have a better understanding of the implications of a client’s report to conservative care.
The text is divided into sixteen chapters each highlighting different topics in special imaging as they relate to the musculoskeletal system. Topics include: basic principles of MRI, marrow, tendons and muscles, peripheral nerves, musculoskeletal infections, arthritis and cartilage, tumors, osseous trauma, temporomandibular joint, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, spine, hips and pelvis, knee, foot and ankle. The text is loaded with more than 600 detailed images of normal anatomy and common musculoskeletal abnormalities and diseases. The images as well as the practical advice and clinical pearls provided in each chapter permit easy comprehension of a sometimes difficult topic. While the vast majority of the text is supported by uptodate research, topics are also discussed in terms of the authors’ clinical experience, which only adds to the breadth of the text. While some readers may lament that discussions of diagnosis and management of the conditions described in the text are overly simplistic, they should be reminded of the target audience and aforementioned purposes for reading the text and choose to read accordingly.
Somewhat surprisingly, this text succeeds both as a reference and as a textbook to be read from cover to cover. I recommend Musculoskeletal MRI unwaveringly to any clinician interested in enhancing their understanding of this field.