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Head and Spine Imaging

Franklin Earnest IV, MD
JAMA. 1985;254(21):3110-3111. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360210126052.
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This book, assembled from the work of 33 contributors, is devoted almost entirely to computed tomography (CT) imaging, with brief discussions of other neuroimaging procedures, including sonography, positron emission tomography, and magnetic resonance. The text is divided into seven parts: basic principles, brain imaging, orbital imaging, the skull, complications, spinal imaging, and nuclear magnetic resonance.

The review of basic CT principles and operation is quite complete and would be of help to students of radiology and others unfamiliar with CT imaging. Chapters on neurosonography and positron emission tomography are brief but well illustrated. There is an extensive, well-illustrated, and annotated section devoted to neuroanatomy with CT and magnetic resonance correlation.

The chapters discussing pathological cerebral conditions in children are complete, informative, well referenced, and beautifully illustrated. They almost justify purchase of the text in themselves. The section on imaging of the pediatric and adult spine is also complete and well


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