Intended for technologists, this textbook introduces the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism, explains how the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system works, and describes the latest imaging techniques. The third edition adds chapters on perfusion imaging, diffusion imaging, and cardiac MRI. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
This is the second edition of an introductory text onthe fundamentals of MRI. It emphasizes the physical and biologicalprinciples of MRI but includes almost 100 pages devoted to MRI anatomy.The book is an extensive revision of the first edition published in1988. The author states that his objective is to present an overviewof the principles of conventional MRI and to help readers develop anunderstanding of the fast imaging techniques currently available. Hesees the volume as part of his continued efforts to make medicalimaging understandable and medical physics fun. Certainly, these areworthy objectives, and in general they are satisfied in this text. Theauthor, Dr. Bushong, is a very experienced writer who presents complextopics in ways they can be understood, and who uses illustrations andanecdotes to make reading his explanations fun. The author statesthat his primary audiences are students, technologists, and physicians.This book addresses the needs of the first two groups very well,assuming that students means student technologists. Dr. Bushong is wellestablished as a teacher and writer for these groups, and probably isbetter at it than any other physicist. I suspect that few physicianswill find the book very helpful. The information is presented at aconceptual level appropriate for technologists but not for physicianswho must understand the intricacies of the technology and itsapplications more thoroughly. The layout of this book is terrific.The illustrations are numerous and entertaining, and tables and linedrawings are well thought out and clear. Except for one chapter, thereare no references and no list for greater in-depth study is provided.This is a weakness of the bookthat should be remedied in futureeditions. An excellent glossary is provided, and the index is thoroughand handy to use. In my opinion this is the definitive introductorybook on the physics and biology of MRI for student and practicingtechnologists. The book will be less useful for persons such asphysicians and physicists needing a more quantitative knowledge of MRI. The author is a very experienced teacher and writer who has a gift forpresenting complex concepts in a simple and clear manner. One mightrecommend this book to an additional audience not identified by theauthor, namely persons who are contemplating writing a text andwondering how they can make their effort both informative andentertaining. For those persons, Dr. Bushong is recommended as a rolemodel.