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January 3, 1986

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain, Head, and Neck: A Text Atlas

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1986;255(1):100. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03370010110040

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This is an excellent introductory textbook for physicians who interpret magnetic resonance images. It includes physics, biophysics, and anatomy. The three basic sections deal with the physical principles involved in the generation of these images, the effects of magnetic resonance imaging devices on living tissues, and the normal anatomy seen in such images of the brain, head, neck, and cervical area of the spine.

The section on the fundamentals of magnetic resonance image interpretation is written with the clinician in mind. In the explanation of the physical basis for the different kinds of relaxation times, an example demonstrates the difference in the appearance of cerebrospinal fluid within the subarachnoid space and when forced into periventricular white matter as interstitial edema. Most of the illustrations in this section are large, refreshingly free of arrows, and of good quality. In almost every instance, the authors show a particular entity using different pulse