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Radiology of the Liver

Yolanda T. Adler, MD
JAMA. 1978;239(22):2386-2387. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280490070036.
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The average clinician who deals with liver pathology would probably place radiology low on his list of available diagnostic methods. McNulty's comprehensive work effectively makes the point that numerous radiological procedures are available, of great usefulness in studying pathological conditions of the liver.

The book is divided into three main sections. After a review of normal anatomy, a chapter in the investigative techniques in liver diseases takes up approximately a third of the book. The rest is devoted to systematic reviews of pathological conditions.

Investigative techniques described include plain films of the abdomen, ultrasound, isotope studies, and computerized tomography, as well as contrast studies of the gastrointestinal tract, cholangiography, arteriography, and venography. Methods, techniques, indications, contraindications, and description of some of the findings by each method are included. At times the amount of material is rather overwhelming, and such comprehensive coverage precludes in-depth study of everything. I do not believe


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