Book review| Volume 34, ISSUE 5, P405, September 2010

Thoracic Imaging — Direct Diagnosis in Radiology

      This pocketsize book joins the other 12 similar books, of the Dx Series, in covering the entire range of radiological subspecialties, from brain imaging to vascular imaging. The book is divided into 13 chapters: Congenital Disorders; Disorders of the Airways; Occupational Diseases; Infections; Idiopathic Interstitial Pneumonia; Collagen Disease and Vasculitis; Immune Disorders and Disorders of Uncertain Etiology; Bronchopulmonary Neoplasms; Disorders of the Pulmonary Circulation System; Mediastinal Disorders; Chest Wall and Pleura; Chest Trauma; Sequelae of Therapy. In the opening page, the presentation of the case follows this format: DEFINITION: in which the epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, and pathogenesis of the pathological process are given. In IMAGING SIGNS, the reader is given the modality of choice (i.e., radiographs, CT, CTA, MRI, nuclear medicine, etc.); the radiographic, CT, MRI, etc., findings; and the pathognomonic findings. In CLINICAL ASPECTS, the following are reviewed: typical presentation, the therapeutic options, the course and prognosis, and a significant recommendation: “What Does the Clinician Want to Know?” The radiographic images of the case are presented in the following page where the DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS is discussed, and very useful “Tips and Pitfalls” are given. The presentation concludes with selected references. The images presented for each case are of high quality.
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