Category Archives: Radiology

Primary Pediatric Radiology

The formula for writing an exceptionally good radiology book is pretty straightforward: Well-organized chapters based on cardinal clinical scenarios Specific recommendations with regard to when and whom to image (or not to image!) Excellent images and annotations Primary Pediatric Radiology, by Susan Williamson, M.D., delivers on all of these points. It is a clinically oriented book, with chapters that are organized… Read More »

Book Review: The Chest X-Ray: A Survival Guide

Chest x-ray interpretation is undoubtedly one of the most important technical skills in medicine (perhaps only fourth after history-taking, physical examination and electrocardiogram interpretations). The Chest X-Ray: A Survival Guide (2008) by Gerald de Lacey , Simon Morley and Laurence Berman is probably the best book about chest radiography in existence. There are several features that make it so.… Read More »

Book Review: Learning Radiology: Recognizing the Basics (2011) by William Herring MD

The task of the medical image reader is, ultimately, to recognize images, that is to compare the image on a screen to one that is already etched into theradiologist’s consciousness. As the author notes: “‘Burned’ into the neurons of a radiologists brain are mental images of what a normal frontal chest radiograph looks like, what thoracic sarcoidosis looks like, and… Read More »

Book Review: Symptom Based Radiology by Donald L. Renfrew MD (2011)

Choosing the wrong imaging study leads to unnecessary costs, complications, and side effects (no citation needed!). Yet many seasoned clinicians sometimes have trouble with knowing what imaging study to order. I  think the author was correct in stating: “I wrote Symptom Based Radiology to help primary care providers make better use of radiology services. The audience includes internists… Read More »

Book Review: Brain CT Scans in Clinical Practice

Brain CT Scans in Clinical Practice by Usiakimi Igbaseimokumo MD is concise, sharp, brilliantly written, practice changing, and full ofnumerous helpful clinical pearls. In places, the advice is extremely straightforward: blood clots or tumours in the brain deep to the pia mater are called intraaxial and those outside the pia are called extra axial. (P. 26-27) perhaps the most… Read More »

Critical, Deadly and Dangerous Radiology Diagnoses

The most important, critical, deadly and dangerous radiology diagnoses are, inter alia (and roughly from top to bottom): Head Skull (including orbital) fracture, meningitis, intracranial bleeding (epidural hematoma, subdural hematoma, intracerebral hemorrhage, subarachnoid hemorrhage), space occupying lesions (abscesses, tumors), traumatic brain injury, brain herniation, hydrocephalus, ischemic stroke, endophthalmitis, rhinocerebral mucormycosis, malignant external otitis Neck and cervical spine Carotid artery dissection or stenosis, cervical spine fractures… Read More »

Book Review: Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology

Radiology and pathology are so intimately linked–with the former being essentially a field that is dedicated to the interpretations of shadows of the latter–that one would expect to find at least a few dozen comprehensive books about radiologic-pathologic correlations. There are, in fact, only a small handful of them in existence, with Comprehensive Radiographic Pathology (2011) by Ronald L.… Read More »