Clinical MR Neuroimaging: Diffusion, Perfusion and Spectroscopy

Clinical MR Neuroimaging: Diffusion, Perfusion and Spectroscopy by Jonathan Gillard, Adam Waldeman and Peter Barker, eds.
Cambridge University Press, New York City, 2004, $330

The recent advances in MRI techniques, including diffusion imaging, brain perfusion MR, and MR spectroscopy, have revolutionized the way neuroradiologists and neuroscientists view the human brain. Once restricted to the realm of MR research, advanced MR techniques are now used in clinical radiology, both in academic centers and private practice.

Clinical MR Neuroimaging is a wonderful step toward making sophisticated neuroimaging available to all. This is an ambitious work that details cutting edge MR technology while providing insight into its routine, clinical application. It's a complete and concise guide.

The book is over eight hundred pages, dealing with all aspects of image acquisition, interpretation, and utilization. Sections are divided into major pathologic categories. The first section covers MR techniques in an easily understood format. Subsequent sections address the use of these techniques in cerebrovascular disease, neoplasia, infection, demyelination, and trauma. Psychiatric, neurodegenerative, and pediatric diseases are also included.

A list of case studies with clinical images and information is provided intermittently throughout the text, reinforcing relevant topics. Images are high quality and the key points stress the most important information.

Although many of these techniques have yet to reach fruition, Clinical MR Neuroimaging serves as a roadmap to an exciting world. It is a must-read for neuroradiologists who hope to remain on the forefront of a limitless medical adventure in MRI.

By Dr. Brian J. Fortman contributing writer
April 20, 2005

Dr. Fortman is a neuroimaging specialist at Carolina Radiology Associates in Myrtle Beach, SC.

The opinions expressed in this review are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of

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