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April 8, 1998

Imaging: Grainger and Allison's Diagnostic Radiology: A Textbook of Medical Imaging, vols 1-3

Author Affiliations

Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for softwareHarriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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edited by R. G. Grainger and D. J. Allison, 3rd ed, 2626+ pp, with illus, $495, ISBN 0-443-05167-4, New York, NY, Churchill Livingstone, 1997.

JAMA. 1998;279(14):1122-1123. doi:10.1001/jama.279.14.1122-JBK0408-3-1

It has been several years since I reviewed the second edition of this textbook of medical imaging. Since the last review there have been significant changes in radiology and in the way that radiology and medicine, in general, are practiced.

When the second edition came out, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was in its infancy, spiral computed tomography (CT) was just beginning to be used, and interventional radiology was a mere shadow of what it is today. Digital images were present but in no way as sophisticated or far reaching as is in many of today's radiology departments. Managed care was a term just becoming familiar to many radiologists and clinicians. Currently, for better or worse, managed care has considerable influence in how radiology studies are ordered and performed. In his foreword to the third edition, Dr Pochen has made the analogy of the primary care physician being asked to manage many of the clinical problems that formerly were referred to a specialist, just as the general radiologist is expected to provide expertise in multiple areas of radiological diagnosis. To aid the general radiologist in this challenge comes the third edition of this already popular textbook.