Written by radiologists but for clinicians, and meant for consultation in the "heat of battle" (the busy—sometimes hectic—clinical setting), this one-of-a-kind little book guides you through the most cost-effective and direct imaging route to a diagnosis. Unlike all other books by radiologists, it does not try to teach image interpretation. Rather, covering 65 common clinical problems, from GI bleed, to Pulmonary Embolus, to Myocardial Ischemia, to Stroke, The Clinicians's Guide incorporates all available technologies—Multi-detector CT, MR, CT angiography, MR angiography, PET, and combined PET/CT— to help clinicians get the answers they need.
Reviewer:Julia A Drose, BA,RDMS,RDCS,RVT(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description:Just as the title implies, this book provides cost-effective imaging protocols for a variety of suspected diagnoses. Its intent is not to guide clinicians towards the least expensive procedure, but rather to the imaging modality most likely to answer their questions in the most cost-effective manner.
Purpose:This is a very timely reference, providing clinicians with protocols to aid in choosing the correct imaging modality for a specific disease process. Clinical problems are analyzed in terms of the most cost-effective, direct, and efficient route to diagnosis. I think most clinicians will find this a useful tool that can be consulted on a problem-by-problem basis.
Audience:The book is geared for any clinician needing to order a diagnostic study. It correctly assumes that a complete knowledge of all imaging modalities available is beyond the scope of the already overburdened clinician. It will also be a very useful reference for residents of any specialty, medical students, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. Even subspecialty radiologists will appreciate the information on the appropriateness of procedures outside their areas of expertise.
Features:The book provides a recommendation for the most appropriate imaging tests for a variety of diagnoses. It is broken down into sections such as gastrointestinal, genitourinary, chest, central nervous system, musculoskeletal, and cardiovascular problems. The reader can go to the section about a particular disease process and find an algorithm for how the imaging work-up should proceed. Although there are not many images in the book, the information is very useful and thorough.
Assessment:All in the medical field will find this a useful and unique reference. Anyone currently working in radiology knows how much time is spent trying to inform clinicians about the most appropriate test to answer their clinical suspicions. I do not know of any similar reference currently available.