Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
edited by Charles B. Higgins, Hedvig Hricak, and Clyde A. Helms, 3rd ed, 1588 pp, with illus, $286.95, ISBN 0-397-51711-4, Philadelphia, Pa, Lippincott-Raven, 1997.
I had the pleasure of reviewing the first edition of Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Body for JAMA. This third edition is much expanded, covering 1561 pages, 59 chapters, and 75 contributors. I am pleased to report on the text's evolution and continued improvement; like a fine wine it has matured and improved with age. The editors have maintained a clinically superior textbook while adding material at the leading edge of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The book is a comprehensive review of body MRI and an extensive tutorial on MRI technology and physical principles. It is comprehensive without becoming a "booster seat," as have other MRI textbooks. The first of six parts, "Technology," includes the gamut of basic principles, instrumentation, magnetic resonance signal and contrast, and biosafety. It also has dedicated chapters on interventional imaging, echo planar imaging, spectroscopy, and chemical shift imaging in cancer, which are particularly timely and well presented. The only area that I would have liked to see addressed that was not is the pros and cons of the "open" ultra-low-field magnets vs higher field systems. The last part deals with contrast media, where, in the introductory chapter, the authors have some discussion of how instrumentation and magnetic strength affect contrast enhancement and contrast media development.
Magnetic Resonance ImagingMagnetic Resonance Imaging of the Body. JAMA. 1998;279(3):244-245. doi:10.1001/jama.279.3.244-JBK0121-3-1