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Book and Media Reviews
October 24/31, 2012

Arthritis in Black and White

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliations: Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois; and NorthShore University HealthSystem–Skokie Hospital, Skokie, Illinois (lberlin@live.com).

JAMA. 2012;308(16):1694-1695. doi:10.1001/jama.308.16.1694-b

With the exception of mammograms to detect breast cancer, chest radiographs to evaluate pulmonary disease, and bone radiographs to search for fractures, most radiologic imaging today is performed using computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR), and ultrasound. Although general film-screen radiography, which was the mainstay of radiography for well more than a century, is being used less and less, it is still the best modality for accurately evaluating any subtle erosion or other change in bone. Thus, radiography is the imaging modality of choice in the diagnosis of the many types of arthritis. Nearly 500 exquisitely detailed and reproduced radiographs, along with an occasional interspersed CT, MR, or ultrasound image, are contained in Arthritis in Black and White, a 416-page, 8.5 × 11-in glossy encyclopedia of almost every arthritic condition that can afflict human beings.

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