Interventional Radiology of the Abdomen provides a practical "state-of-the-art" review of invasive radiological methods. One of the virtues of this textbook is the authors' repeated emphasis on the role of the interventional radiologist as a clinician involved in the continuous daily care of patients.
Interspersed among numerous "pearls" both of technique and judgment, "participation" in patient care is echoed throughout the book. The equipment and specific protocols for each procedure are described thoroughly and reflect the experience and personal preference of the authors. In some instances they acknowledge alternative techniques, but they too often leave the reader with the impression that no other simpler or less expensive methodology exists. The most notable example of this is their recommendation to use the Meditech deflector handle and catheter system for biliary stone retrieval; the less costly Smith-Bean-Mahorner system, which I have found highly effective, is noted only in the references.