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March 2006

Clinical MR Neuroimaging: Diffusion, Perfusion and Spectroscopy

Arch Neurol. 2006;63(3):465-466. doi:10.1001/archneur.63.3.465

edited by Jonathan Gillard, MD, Adam Waldman, MD, PhD, and Peter Barker, DPhil, 827 pp, with illus, $330, ISBN 0-521-82457-5, Cambridge, England, Cambridge University Press, 2005.

This book describes the physical principles and clinical applications of the physiological and biochemical nuclear magnetic resonance (MR) techniques of diffusion, perfusion, and proton spectroscopic imaging as applied to the study and diagnosis of the brain. The editors have collected an impressive array of contributors with expertise in these areas to compile a reference that is detailed in coverage and focused in approach. They do this by limiting the scope of the book to the aforementioned methods, widely available on human MR instruments in clinics and hospitals, and with established clinical roles. The book does not cover standard anatomic MR, as has been commonly used in clinical settings for decades, or more specialized and esoteric relaxometry-based MR methods. More recent techniques, such as blood oxygenation level–dependent functional MR imaging and multinuclear MR methods and their clinical applications, which are currently less practiced or available from MR instrument vendors, are only briefly mentioned in a few chapters.

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