Medical Imaging is a book that I expected a lot from. It comes from the An Illustrated Colour Text series that contains many useful titles, not least of which is the Neuroanatomy one (a.k.a. the idiot’s guide to Control and Movement for anyone who’s done second year!). Despite starting with a silly quote: “More than the calf yearns to suck, does the cow yearn to suckle”, the book soon improves. Each chapter looks at the different medical or surgical specialties and appropriate investigative techniques to employ for various common conditions. The pictures themselves are well described and arrows depict all the important features (just in case you manage to read the descriptions and still not have the foggiest idea what’s going on). Each chapter has clear and concise summary boxes of the key issues.
All in all, this is a useful introduction to imaging techniques and has all the points needed to help you bluff your way through any radiology questions that you might be asked on clinical attachments but would benefit from larger illustrations for those of us that don’t normally carry around a magnifying glass.
Reviewed By: Ian Anderson (25.11.2004)