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Problem Solving in Neuroradiology: Expert Consult – Online and Print edited by Meng Law, MD, Peter M. Som, MD and Thomas P. Naidich, MD (Elsevier Mosby) Neuroradiology is a subspecialty field that has seen exciting advances over the past few decades. The advent of MRI in the 1980s began an era of new techniques for studying the central nervous system. Neurological disorders are often complex, and to make a diagnosis requires knowledge of neuroanatomy, neuropathology, and neurophysiology, as well as knowledge of the tools enabling medical science to image these entities.

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology is a survival guide to solving diagnostic challenges that are particularly problematic in neuroimaging. With a concise, practical, and instructional approach, the text helps clinicians apply basic principles of problem solving to imaging of the head and interventional neck, brain, and spine. Clinicians find expert guidance on how to read what they see, and how to perform critical techniques including biopsy, percutaneous drainage, and tumor ablation. User-friendly features, such as tables and boxes, tips, pitfalls, and rules of thumb, place today's best practices at their fingertips, including protocols for optimizing the most state-of-the-art imaging modalities. A full-color design, including more than 700 high-quality images, highlights critical elements to enhance their understanding.

Editors are Meng Law, MD, MBBS, FRACR, Professor of Radiology and Neurological Surgery, Director of Neuroradiology, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; Peter M. Som, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Otolaryngology, and Radiation, Oncology, Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York; and Thomas P. Naidich, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology and Neurosurgery, also at Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

With Problem Solving in Neuroradiology clinicians can:

  • Apply expert tricks of the trade and protocols for optimizing the state-of-the-art imaging modalities and their clinical applications used for the brain and spine – with general indications for use and special situations.
  • Make efficient use of modern imaging modalities including multidetector CT, PET, advanced MR imaging/MR spectroscopy (MRS), diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and perfusion weighted imaging (PWI).
  • Perform difficult interventional techniques such as biopsies of the spine and interventional angiography-key techniques for more accurately diagnosing cerebral vascular disease, aneurysm, and blood vessel malformations – as well as percutaneous drainage and tumor ablation.
  • Know what to expect. A dedicated section is organized by the clinical scenarios most likely to be encountered in daily practice, such as neurodegenerative disease, vascular disease, and cancer.
  • Avoid common problems that can lead to an incorrect diagnosis. Tables and boxes with tips, pitfalls, and other teaching points show clinicians what to look for, while problem-solving advice helps them identify what they see – especially those images that could suggest several possible diagnoses.
  • See conditions as they appear in practice thanks to an abundance of case examples and specially designed full-color, high-quality images which complement the text and highlight important elements.
  • Find the information they need thanks to a well-organized, user-friendly format with templated headings, detailed illustrations, and at-a-glance tables.

In a departure from commonly constructed textbooks in radiology, three eminent leaders in the field of neuroradiology – Drs. Law, Som, and Naidich – have approached imaging in an original and highly educa­tional manner. With separate sections (each with individual chapters) on advanced imaging, interventional procedures, specific diagnosis, and anatomic considerations, these authors, along with those who have co-authored chapters, bring their material to life with the Socratic method, posing critical questions throughout the book and then answering them.

Law, Som and Naidich say they approached Problem Solving in Neuroradiology by dividing it into four distinct sections, based in part on the expertise of the editors. The first section provides a state-of-the-art review of advanced imaging modalities available for problem solving, which can help increase the sensitiv­ity and specificity of neurodiagnosis. In this section they review multidetector CT, conventional MRI, advanced MRI (including MR spectroscopy, perfusion, and diffusion), and nuclear medicine, in particular positron emission tomography, as problem-solving tools.

The second section of Problem Solving in Neuroradiology addresses some of the procedures performed in neuroradiology including diagnostic angiography, interventional neuroradiology or endovascular neurosurgery, and, of course, spineinterventional procedures. The third and largest section approaches problem solving in neuroradiology in a disease-based fashion, covering brain and spine neuroradiologic pathology. The fourth section approaches diseases in different anatomic regions, in particular spinal as well as head and neck disorders.

Sections of Problem Solving in Neuroradiology, their chapters and authors include:

SECTION I. ADVANCED MODALITIES: Protocols and Optimization

  1. Multidetector Computed Tomography as a Problem-Solving Tool in Neuroradiology – Rajiv Gupta, Sunithi Mani, Amit Mehndiratta, Stuart Pomerantz, and Michael Lev
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging as a Problem-Solving Tool – Jane J. Kim and Pratik Mukherjee
  3. Advanced MR (MR Spectroscopy, Diffusion Imaging, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, and Perfusion Imaging): A Multiparametric Algorithmic Approach to Problem Solving in Neuroradiology – Meng Law, Saulo Lacerda, and Pascal Bou-Haidar
  4. PET/CT Imaging in Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Head and Neck – Lale Kostakoglu


  1. Diagnostic Angiography – Stephan Meckel and Stephan G. Wetzel
  2. Neurointerventional Radiology – Ruth Thiex, Ajit Puri, and Darren B. Orbach
  3. Spine Procedures: Biopsies – Wade Wong and Danielle Nanigian


  1. Neurodegenerative Disorders – Manzoor Ahmed and Michael Phillips
  2. Infection/Inflammation – Majda M. Thurnher, Julia Fruhwald-Pallamar, and Stefan B. Puchner
  3. Metabolic Disorders – Robert J. Young, Sofia S. Hague, and John K. Lyo
  4. Tumor – Marco Essig
  5. Brain Trauma – Alessandro Cianfoni and Cesare Colosimo
  6. Imaging of Spine Trauma – Alessandro Cianfoni and Cesare Colosimo
  7. Imaging of Congenital Brain Abnormalities – Andrea Rossi
  8. Epilepsy – Pascal Bou-Haidar, Saulo Lacerda, and Meng Law
  9. Neuroimaging of Pediatric Hypoxic – Ischemic Injury – Andre D. Furtado, Saulo Lacerda, and Thomas P Naidich
  10. Intrauterine and Perinatal Infections – Andre D. Furtado, Saulo Lacerda, and Thomas P Naidich


  1. Head and Neck Radiology – Girish M. Fatterpekar and Peter M. Som
  2. Spine: Tumors and Infection – Paul E. Kim, Johan WM. Van Goethem, and Alyssa T Watanabe
  3. Spine and Lower Back Pain – Johan W M. Van Goethem, Paul E. Kim, and Alyssa T. Watanabe

There are none more qualified than these three primary authors to guide us through the many areas of neuroimaging. Their deep knowledge of the field and their love of teaching – imparting knowledge, combined with a firm foundation of the underlying anatomy of the brain, head and neck, and spine and the associated imaging techniques – results in a textbook that will appeal to all levels of radiologists, from trainee to attending physician. Who better than Tom Naidich to lead us through the intricacies of brain anatomy and to show us how important this knowledge is when applying advanced imaging protocols, or Peter Som to take the reader through the basics of head and neck imaging and address questions of a critical nature related to ENT radiology, or Meng Law to demonstrate the current state-of-the-art of neuroimaging. For years I have learned from them, and to this day I marvel at their command of the intricacies of neuroimaging. Congratulations to Drs. Law, Som, and Naidich, not only for conceiving this new way of presenting diagnos­tic imaging but also for offering to the neuroradiology and neuroscience community a book that will provide new insights into diagnosis and intervention in neuro­logical diseases. – from the foreword by Robert M. Quencer, MD

Problem Solving in Neuroradiology is a survival guide to help clinicians interpret complex images of the head neck, brain and spine. This textbook describes how to resolve many of the diagnostic problems facing clinicians and diagnosticians in a systematic fashion. User-friendly features place today's best practices at their fingertips, including protocols for optimizing the most state-of-the-art imaging modalities. A full-color design highlights critical elements to enhance understanding. This reference textbook will benefit a spectrum of readers, from medical students, radiology residents, and neuroradiology fellows, to seasoned neuroradiologists. Residents studying for the radiology board certification and fellows preparing for the certificate of added qualification (CAQ) examinations will find the combination of general knowledge and case-based sections to be valuable in a problem-solving approach.

Head and Neck Imaging, 5th edition 2 Volume Set: Expert Consult Online and Print by Peter M. Som and Hugh D. Curtin (Elsevier Mosby)

Head and Neck Imaging, 5th edition in two volumes delivers the encyclopedic and authoritative guidance readers have come to expect from this book the expert guidance they need to diagnose the most challenging disorders using today's most accurate techniques. New state-of-the-art imaging examples throughout help readers recognize the imaging presentation of the full range of head and neck disorders using PET, CT, MRI, and ultrasound. Enhanced coverage of the complexities of embryology, anatomy, and physiology, including original color drawings and new color anatomical images, help readers distinguish subtle abnormalities and understand their etiologies. Access to the complete book's contents is available online, which allows readers to compare its images onscreen with the imaging findings they encounter in practice.

Authors are Peter M. Som, MD, FACR, Professor of Radiology, Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, and Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of New York University, Chief of Head and Neck Imaging Section, Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York and Hugh D. Curin, MD, Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School, Chief of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Volume 1 of Head and Neck Imaging includes Midface and Sinonosal Cavities, Orbital and Visual Pathways, Central Skull Base, Temporal Bone, and Jaws and Temporomandibular Joints. Volume 2 includes Upper Aerodigestive Tract, Neck, Molecular-Based Diagnosis and Nonsurgical Treatment of Cancer.

Using Head and Neck Imaging, readers can:

  • Access the full text online from any computer.
  • Perform rapid searches on any topic.
  • Follow links to PubMed abstracts for most bibliographical references.
  • Reference all Expert Consult titles they own online in one place.
  • Master the latest approaches to image-guided biopsies and treatments.
  • Utilize PET/CT scanning to its fullest potential, including head and cancer staging, treatment planning, and follow-up to therapy.
  • Visualize head and neck anatomy better than ever before with greatly expanded embryology, physiology and anatomy content, including original drawings and new color anatomic images from the Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations, the Sobotta Atlas of Human Anatomy, and Gray's Anatomy.
  • Grasp the finer points of head and neck imaging quickly with more images, more detail in the images, and more anatomic atlases with many examples of normal anatomy and anatomic variants. /li>

Since the fourth edition of Head and Neck Imaging, technology has continued to advance, leading to better lesion conspicuity and diagnosis. In addition, new insights have been gained into embryology, physiology, and pathology that better allow radiologists to understand the diseases they encounter. Taking all of this new information into account, Som and Currin make this fifth edition as complete a reference on the topics of head and neck imaging as possible. The new edition is a thorough updating of the prior edition. It has been reorganized, new topics have been added, and Head and Neck Imaging is now in full color.

Specifically, the embryology, physiology, and anatomy sections have been expanded. These are now complemented by numerous color drawings to illustrate specific points. The volumes include drawings from Frank Netter, Sobotta's Anatomy, Gray's Anatomy, and pictures from other sources along with numerous original works. These beautiful drawings help clarify the anatomy and complement the rest of the text.

The imaging atlases have been greatly expanded with more detail and anatomic variants being addressed in each area. Some chapters were greatly expanded and updated. New chapters were also added, such as Nonsurgical Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer and Imaging-Based Intervention: Biopsy and Treatment. However, due to concerns about the overall size of this edition, almost all plain radiographs, now rarely used in everyday practice, have been removed.

This fifth edition is comprehensive and up to date. Now online and in print, Head and Neck Imaging is the reference readers will turn to for diagnostic confidence. Readers can effectively diagnose any head and neck disorder using the latest imaging approaches. They will find this edition to be a complete resource that they can use it to learn and review head and neck imaging, as well as an aid in the daily diagnosis of current cases.

Imaging of the Nervous System: Diagnostic and Therapeutic Applications 2 volumes includes CD-ROM by Richard E. Latchaw, John Kucharczyk, Michael E. Moseley  (Elsevier Mosby) This state-of-the-art, two-volume set is a comprehensive account of the latest imaging techniques for both diagnosis and image-guided therapy for the many diseases of the nervous system. The book provides summary boxes and tables covering the classification of pathology, key features of the disorder, and differential diagnosis, as well as, essential color images. An accompanying CD-ROM features additional illustrations, descriptions for a particular diagnosis or therapy, and video clips of specific procedures. * Examines both the peripheral and central nervous systems-coverage not found in other texts. * Integrates recent research discoveries, both clinical and basic science, with clinical utilization. * Offers material on disorders of neural development, behavior and cognition. * Discusses traditional imaging topics, plus new diseases such as those affecting neural development, cognition, and behavior. * Features the work of a multidisciplinary team of contributors, including neuroradiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuroanatomists, physiologists, and physicists. * Includes a CD-ROM-available separately or packaged with the text-that features all of the material from the 2-volume set • test cases related to each chapter of the text • and "how-to" video clips of interventional and therapeutic techniques. * Presents the hot topics in today's practice, including a chapter on neurobehavioral disorders.

Excerpt: Medical imaging increasingly relies upon the integrated methods and expertise within radiology, physiology, and physics. The interdependency of these disciplines (specialties) is aptly demonstrated by the contents of the first volume, which focuses on cerebrovascular disease. The interplay of clinical neuroradiology, neurophysiology, and medical physics is demonstrated with the multiple MR techniques—particularly perfusion and diffusion MR—used to evaluate acute stroke. This relationship continues into the diagnosis of brain tumors, where MR spectroscopy (MRS), functional MRI, and positron emission tomography (PET) combine with anatomical MR imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT) to offer insights into the nature of the tumor and its extent. The evalua­tion of neurodegenerative and metabolic diseases is even more dependent upon this diversity of modalities (CT, MRI, MRS, PET, and single photon emission tomography—SPECT), com­bined with knowledge of neurochemistry, neurophysiology, and neuropathology, to produce an appropriate evaluation of the patient. The diagnosis of many other neurological entities, including inflammatory diseases and neurobehavioral abnor­malities, also requires interplay between imaging modalities.

By necessity, this is a multimodality book. It is impossible to present the diversity of neurological disease without incorpo­rating all of the essential diagnostic techniques into the vol­umes describing the pathological entities. Thus, multiple chapters discuss the manifestations of disease on CT, MRI, MRS and other MR imaging sequences, PET and SPECT, and various angiographic techniques. It is essential that the neu­roimaging specialist understands and is conversant with all of these diagnostic methodologies.

This relationship of basic and clinical sciences is enriched by the close interactions with members of the specialties of Neurology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Orthopedic Surgery, and Ophthalmology. We work closely with members of these specialties on a daily basis, and many have contributed their expertise to these volumes.

There are several chapters about the spine and spinal cord, reflecting the fact that many of the diseases affectingthe brain also involve the spinal cord, with similar findings on imaging studies. This book also covers the peripheral nervous system, a first for such a textbook. Many diseases affect the peripheral nerves, mimicking intracranial abnor­malities. The diagnosis of these entities relies upon the same imaging techniques used for both the brain and the spinal cord.

This book also extends beyond diagnostic imaging. Image-guided interventions are an essential part of the specialty of Neuroradiology. Image-guidance does not mean fluoro­scopic–guidance alone; rather, CT and MR are viable alterna­tive to fluoroscopy for many parenchymal, and even endovascular, interventions. The diagnostic imager who knows the needs and techniques of the interventionalist is better prepared to obtain the required pre-procedural information. The interventionalist is better equipped to perform the intricate procedures that image-guidance has propelled into common practice today if there is an understanding of the foundations of all neurological imaging methodologies.

Vascular and Interventional Radiology: The Requisites by John A. Kaufman and Michael J. Lee (The Requisites in Radiology Series: Mosby) Part of the definitive Requisites series, Vascular and Interventional Radiology by John A. Kaufman, MD, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital , Boston , MA ; and Michael J. Lee, MD, Department of Radiology, Beaumont Hospital , Dublin , Ireland , offers the essentials necessary to pass exams in radiology and practice in the field. Practicing radiologists will use it as a handy, practical, daily reference tool in this subspecialty area. The first part on Vascular and Interventional Radiology covers: vascular imaging techniques, vascular pathology, lower extremity and pelvis, abdomen, thorax, and the great vessel.

The second part on interventional radiology covers topics such as: basic principles, vascular interventional techniques, biliary tract, GU and reproductive systems, gastrointestinal system, biopsy and drainage in the abdomen, cervicothoracic biopsy, and drainage in the thorax.

This concise, practical resource efficiently covers all of today's need-to-know information in vascular and interventional radiology in a user-friendly format. The volume:

  • Provides a comprehensive, yet manageable review of the principles and practice of vascular and interventional radiology.

  • Includes a wealth of practice-proven tips and expert advice to help you master a full range of procedures, whether basic or advanced.

  • Offers excellent problem-solving guidance, superbly illustrated by more than 1,300 multi-modality images of the highest quality.

  • Delivers in-depth discussions of "hot" techniques such as

  1.  3-D imaging with MRA/CTA

  2. newer interventions such as stent-grafts

  3. saphenous vein ablation

  4. extracranial carotid angio-intervention

  5. radiofrequency ablation

  6. vertebroplasty.

Because it is compact, clinically oriented, and easy to read, Vascular and Interventional Radiology is an ideal study tool as well as a convenient reference for clinical practice.

About the Series

The Requisites series make it easy to review the core knowledge in each subspecialty. Covering everything from basic principles through cutting-edge techniques, these books help you to succeed in radiology examinations, subspecialty rotations, and clinical practice. Their convenient size, quick-access format, high-quality images, and concise text are ideally suited to the needs of today's busy residents and clinicians.


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