Emergency Imaging of the Acutely Ill or Injured Child

Emergency Imaging of the Acutely Ill or Injured Child by Leonard E. Swischuk (4th edition)
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2000, $159.

This book should be a staple on every radiologist’s shelf, as it appeals to those with a special interest in pediatrics as well as those who occasionally image children. The overall quality of the images (except for a lot of the ultrasound images) and content are superb.

Emergency Imaging of the Acutely Ill or Injured Child offers a good sampling of the major imaging modalities, except for nuclear medicine, although this probably speaks to how little nuclear medicine is used in pediatric radiology. The author includes a very important section on the normal developmental stages in pediatrics, especially in musculoskeletal imaging.

The book does have a few drawbacks, such as a lack of coverage of child abuse, and of spinal cord injury without radiographic abnormalities (SCIWORA). Information on the latter would be especially useful because it is area in which a missed diagnosis can have severe consequences. SCIWORA also is a relatively recent entity and one that every radiologist should be aware of. Most readers would expect a book on the acutely injured child to address this topic.

Still, this title is another great work by Dr. Swischuk. I particularly liked the arrangement of the chapters, which are short, concise and to the point. The references at the end of each chapter are just as convenient and easy to access and convenient.

By Dr. Kingsley A. Ozoude
AuntMinnie.com contributing writer
September 10, 2002

Dr. Ozoude is a neuroradiologist with Gabrielle Radiology Associates in Las Vegas, NM.

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