Practical Guide to Abdominal and Pelvic MRI 2nd Edition PDF



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Preface

When we wrote the first edition of Practical Guide to Abdominal and Pelvic MRI, we sought to create a readable text that addressed the gap that existed at the time between detailed and comprehensive reference books about abdominal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and more focused writings such as review articles, technical manuals, and organ-centered texts. Ours was a book targeting the practicing radiologist who wanted to produce, and accurately interpret, excellent quality abdominal MRI examinations in the setting of a busy practice with little or no background in MR-related physics. To keep the text short, we focused on common clinical scenarios and limited explanations to convey only the most relevant information.
From inception through completion of the second edition, we have once again tried to put ourselves in the place of a practicing radiologist confronted with the challenge of sifting through the unrelenting barrage of new MR sequences, acronyms, and clinical applications inherent to the field of abdominal MRI. The challenge in producing this edition has been to maintain the spirit of the first edition while keeping pace with this expanding field. While the growing sophistication of abdominal MR practitioners demanded that we update and expand the discussions of physical principles, we sought to maintain the brevity and practical focus of the first edition. Therefore, much of the increased length of this new edition results from inclusion of new, state-of-the-art MR images reflecting enhancements in MR system hardware, pulsesequences, and coil design. We have also expanded and indexed the atlas of MRI abnormalities to reflect the growing variety of clinical indications for abdominal MRI. With this second edition comes also a new coauthor, Elmar Merkle. Dr. Merkle brings with him years of experience with advanced MR imaging techniques, a clinically relevant focus, and a fresh educational perspective. His contributions to the second edition have been as substantial and insightful as they have been welcome. His expertise has allowed the addition of a chapter on new techniques in abdominal and pelvic MRI that explains the challenges of imaging the abdomen at 3 Tesla, diffusion weighted imaging, and the potential uses of MR spectroscopy. Through our collaboration with Dr. Merkle, we have greatly increased the number of high-quality, clinically relevant images, and his experience with a variety of vendor platforms and new technologies will no doubt broaden the appeal of this new edition.
We believe this book contains a distillate of much of the clinically relevant information currently available about abdominal and pelvic MRI. However, we acknowledge that gaps will develop in this information as the field advances. Therefore, we consider our book a first step in understanding and implementing abdominal MRI techniques in clinical practice and encourage our readers to continually build on this knowledge as the field evolves. We think this book will appeal to radiology trainees as well as practicing radiologists, and we sincerely hope that residents will find sufficient inspiration in its pages to pursue a career in this exciting field.


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