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June 10, 1983

Guide to Diagnostic Imaging, vol 1: The Liver and Spleen

Author Affiliations

Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center Chicago

JAMA. 1983;249(22):3101-3102. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330460073048

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The preface to this book states "the question is frequently asked (especially by interns and residents), which imaging modality would be most applicable, or, if more than one examination is needed, what should the sequence be? This book was written with the precedent question in mind." In its opening chapters, this work succeeds in giving a good description of the imaging modalities available and the type of lesions that can be expected to be demonstrated with each of them. However, I think that the intern and resident seeking an answer to the question as stated can be bogged down by an excess of information and find it rather difficult to get oriented. There are too many reviews of basic concepts, such as the metabolism of bilirubin or the different viruses in hepatitis. They are not pertinent and tend to distract the readers from the main purpose. After all, the physician