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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

      Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the most comprehensive and useful diagnostic imaging modalities currently available, and books on this topic must continually be updated to reflect recent advances. The second edition of this text has been expanded to 107 chapters in a two-volume set that covers everything from “A to Z” in MRI. The first volume begins with a historic overview of developments in the areas of physics, engineering, and computer science that eventually led to the introduction of investigative MRI into clinical medicine. The physics and engineering aspects of MRI are complex, and this section is best suited as a reference source rather than as an introduction to the field for novices. Subsequent chapters survey the clinical experience with MRI in various anatomic areas, including the head, spine, thorax, heart, and extremities. The volume concludes with somewhat sophisticated discussions of technique, encompassing applications of surface coil imaging, contrast media, and variable pulse sequencing and considerations of artifact and variable field strength for image interpretation. An overview of economic and legal issues is also included.
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