February 1974

Encyclopedia of Medical Radiology: Roentgen Diagnosis of the Pancreas and Spleen

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Edited by F Strnad. Price, $90.20. Pp 366. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberger Platz 3, 1 Berlin 33, Germany, 1973.

Arch Surg. 1974;108(2):252. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1974.01350260104038

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This is another of the large series of volumes that Springer-Verlag are printing under the general heading of "Encyclopedia of Medical Radiology." In common with the other books in this series, this volume devoted to the radiology of the pancreas and spleen is beautifully produced and is extremely comprehensive. Every facet of the roentgenological method of diagnosing pancreatic and splenic abnormalities is explained in depth, although as the editor states in his foreword, methods utilizing radio-isotopes are not included. In view of the comprehensiveness of the remainder of this volume, this omission is to be regretted.

Both organs are approached in a similar manner, beginning with a discussion of the radiological approach to the elucidation of disease involving either the pancreas or the spleen. This encompasses a discussion of plain film diagnosis, use of contrast agents, air insufflation, and an excellent review of the arteriography and venography.

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