Radiography (2004) 10, 241e242
BOOK REVIEWS MRI Principles 2nd ed.; M. S. Cohen and D. G. Mitchell; Saunders, 2004, 400 pages, £46.00, ISBN 0-7216-0024-7
This book builds upon the success of the first edition, primarily aimed at clinicians who need a working knowledge of the principles of MR. The second edition is a collaboration of work that updates the previous to include parallel techniques, contrast enhanced MR angiography and cardiac techniques. The authors offer the MR experience to the reader in concise stages, with Chapter 1 encompassing an overview of the principles, which are re-enforced in later chapters. At the end of each chapter, there are lists of essential learning points to remember. The text is nicely illustrated, which for those of us who like to see diagrammatically what is happening at each stage of the imaging process, helps to consolidate some difficult physics. The graphic guide to k-space in Chapter 7 being a good example of this, as is the pulse sequence timing and the steps involved in acquiring slices showing actual slice images. Example images are used to aid ones understanding and the effects that are produced by the relative sequence parameters within the resultant images. Chapters 21 and 22 give some excellent descriptions of available contrast media and their mechanisms of uptake. Good illustrations are used once again to help with understanding the biodistribution of contrast media within the liver, and the phases of bolus passage. As an operator I would like to have seen other topics included such as quality control and how performance can be measured. These are issues of increasing importance in busy departments where a broad range of examinations are performed and good image quality must be maintained. However, the description of image artefacts and their remedies is a very useful section and this includes such artefacts that may manifest with new parallel techniques. The final chapter includes examples of clinical techniques and helps the reader in understanding
the previously described techniques and how they may translate into practice. This book is a must have for any MR department where in the clinical world we can never have too many texts. It can be found referenced as a source for further reading in other recently produced MRI publications. Debbie Sinclair, Superintendent Radiographer, Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire, UK, is a specialist radiographer working in a magnetic resonance imaging unit.
Debbie Sinclair Hope Hospital, Salford, Lancashire M6 8HD, UK E-mail address: [email protected]
Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy J. Weir, P.H. Abrahams, 3rd ed.; A.-M. Belli, M. Hourihan, N. Moore, P. Owen (contributors); Mosby, 226 pp., £29.99, ISBN 0-7234-3211-2
This book has proved to be a real asset in our radiotherapy planning department, popular with both radiographers and clinical oncologists. Simulation of radiotherapy patients relies on a thorough knowledge of bony anatomy and its relation to soft tissue structures. It is also essential at this stage to accurately interpret CT and MR images provided for diagnostic and staging purposes. This imaging atlas is most useful, as radiographs, CT and MR scans are all incorporated in one book, providing a ready reference. Many radiotherapy patients’ treatments are localised using CT simulators; the CT images are used to outline the treatment target volume, organs at risk and surrounding anatomy. The radiographers and clinical oncologists responsible for identifying and outlining these volumes and structures have
242 found this book particularly helpful. The image labelling is extremely clear and comprehensive, with alphabetical listing consistent through multiple images for ease of comparison. The presence of CT and MR images in the same book is particularly useful for the staff involved in merging CT and MR scans for radiotherapy planning. It has been suggested that CT and MR slices of the same level side by side would be very useful. It would also be helpful to see more sagittal and coronal slices represented on the same page giving multiple views of the same structure. Although some pages do contain different types of images these are not of areas that are useful for radiotherapy planning. As this book was obviously not designed to be used solely for radiotherapy planning, these criticisms are niggles about an otherwise very good book. Our mould room radiographers who simulate and create treatment plans have commented that the head and neck section is clear, ample and very helpful in their work. They particularly complimented the sagittal MR images. In common with other staff they wished CT and MR images could be viewed side by side. It may be a few years before a new edition is due out but perhaps this could be considered at that time. The book is well laid out and most sections contain all the necessary images. The introduction provides a helpful reminder of the basics of CT,
Book reviews MR and ultrasound image production. I personally appreciate the line drawings, which I find make the anatomy much more obvious on the images they illustrate. As a radiographer involved in education I find this book is a useful teaching tool. The plain radiographs are clear and well labelled and the CT and MR images, which follow, build on the anatomy represented in the plain films. The only section which was disappointingly short was the lymphatics. I appreciate that lymphangiograms have been superseded but as an anatomy teaching aid a greater selection of images would have been helpful. I would recommend this imaging atlas to other radiotherapy departments; we found it a useful addition to our current sectional anatomy library. Pauline Pilkington is a therapy radiographer whose responsibilities include organisation of education to support the four tier structure and co-ordination of CPD for radiographers.
Pauline Pilkington Clatterbridge Centre for Oncology, Clatterbridge Road, Bebington, Wirral, Merseyside CH63 4JY, UK E-mail address: [email protected]