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Chest Radiology: The Essentials Hardcover – September 14, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0781763141 ISBN-10: 0781763142 Edition: Second
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Academic Radiology, 01-APR-08, Volume 15, Issue 4, Andrew Del Gaizo, MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA -- "In response to the significant advances in thoracic imaging over the past decade, authors Jannette Collins and Eric J. Stern have undertaken the task of updating their extremely successful first edition (published in 1999) with current images and information. The new edition includes nearly 800 images of superb quality, many of which replace images of older technology. Several chapters have been expanded to encompass up-to-date information, including the 2004 World Health Organization classification of lung tumors and the most recent classification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias. Several new chapters have been introduced, including a dedicated chapter on cardiac disease (Chapter 18), and new chapters on pulmonary vascular disease (Chapter 17) and the thoracic aorta (Chapter 19)... "There are several chapters that make this book unique among chest radiology texts. For example, Chapter 2, Signs and Patterns of Lung Disease, consists of a collection of 20 processes with classic radiographic findings, each summarized with a paragraph of text and one or two 'Aunt Minnie' type images. This certainly represents high-yield material for examinations or radiology case conferences. The chapter continues with a succinct description of common patterns in pulmonary disease, including honeycombing, septal thickening, cystic, nodular, ground glass, mosaic attenuation, and tree-in-bud. Another distinctive chapter is Chapter 5, Monitoring and Support Devices-Tubes and Lines. Chest radiographs are often used to confirm the position of an array of monitoring and support devices. Therefore, any health care professional involved in the placement of or interpretation of radiographs containing these devices must know their appropriate appearance. The authors do an excellent job summarizing the function of each device, the normal radiographic appearance, and the potential associated complications. Finally, Chapter 20, Self Assessment, includes 113 questions for readers to evaluate their comprehension of the topics and diseases presented throughout the book. Thirty-six of these questions are associated with images in a multiple choice format, with detailed answers addressing the correct diagnosis as well as why the other choices are incorrect. "The addition of dedicated chapters on cardiac disease (Chapter 18) and the thoracic aorta (Chapter 19) is a significant improvement to the original edition. The cardiac overview is well organized, beginning with congenital cardiac disease in adults, and continuing to include acquired heart disease, postoperative complications, complications of myocardial infarction, and pericardial disease. Major conditions of the thoracic aorta are discussed, including aortic dissection, intramural hematoma, penetrating atherosclerotic ulcer, thoracic aortic aneurysm, and imaging of the repaired aorta... "Overall, Chest Radiology: The Essentials, 2nd Edition is a well-written text with significant updates to the new edition in both content and image quality. The book clearly illustrates the pulmonary diseases and conditions deemed essential for diagnostic radiology resident education as put forth by the 2005 Revised Curriculum on Cardiothoracic Radiology. In addition, the new chapters on cardiac disease and the thoracic aorta provide useful introdu
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Second edition (September 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0781763142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781763141
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MHB on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Very well written text which is easy to read. Many useful mnemonics. Images are very good.
This is a must have for all radiology residents. It is also very useful for interns, medicine, and other residents. In our institution the pulmonary fellows are required to read this text. I personally recommend it to all medical students who rotate through radiology, even if they choose another specialty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By STJersey on August 28, 2010
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Well written, well organized. The book is written in a way that just makes sense to a beginning radiologist in the first few years of training. It seems to anticipate the questions you have & lays out the answers in a logical, brief fashion with excellent examples. While the book has more information than necessary for a medical student, anyone looking to specialize in radiology will find it a well-used companion as they progress in their education.

Anyone looking for more advanced information on chest radiology will be disappointed. However, they should have caught the clue from the title. Use this book to get you started on your education, as the authors intended, and you'll be quite satisfied with your purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Lawrence on November 13, 2009
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I'm a 1st year rads resident and this book was perfect for me. I read Felson's book the weekend before the rotation started (much recommended) and then read through this book over the 4 weeks of the rotation. It's great!

Nice pictures (and lots of them), very useful tables with DDx's and mnemonics for said DDx's (I love mnemonics, so this was right up my alley...I actually got called to take a case one day and I had to give a DDx for Upper/Middle lung zone opacities and SHRIMP jumped into my head, effectively making me look much smarter than I actually am).

This probably won't be too useful after about second year (too brief about disease descriptions), but it is a fantastic intro book to Chest.
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By JT on January 11, 2012
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This book was highly recommended by fellow residents, however I have been rather disappointed in it. It does have good tables with differentials and covers a broad range of topics. This is a rather short text that can easily be read in a month's rotation which I think is nice as an introduction. What I found most disappointing were the images provided. As a beginning resident I was looking for lots of good sample images of the given pathology. I felt that too many of the images were the atypical presentation of the given pathology. I guess this could be helpful, but I found it confusing when I didn't even know what the typical presentation was. Overall, the text and tables are pretty good, however I felt like the sample images often didn't adequately show common presentations of the pathology.
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