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Book and Media Reviews
April 4, 2012

MRI of the Gastrointestinal Tract

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Northshore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Illinois (jonathanberlin@yahoo.com).

JAMA. 2012;307(13):1437. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.401

In a time of increased concerns about medical radiation, physicians and patients increasingly are seeking bowel imaging methods other than computed tomography (CT) and fluoroscopic studies. The issue of medical radiation is particularly significant in younger patients with chronic bowel disease, who may require numerous intestinal imaging studies over the course of their lifetimes. Gastrointestinal ultrasound has been examined in scattered centers, but its usefulness is limited by operator experience. Enter gastrointestinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a burgeoning area of inquiry. In this environment, MRI of the Gastrointestinal Tract, edited by Japp Stoker from the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, makes its debut.