Undergraduate Diagnostic Imaging Fundamentals
Brent Burbridge, University of Saskatchewan
Evan Mah, University of Saskatchewan
Copyright Year: 2017
ISBN 13: 9780888806116
Conditions of Use
The authors have navigated the unique challenge of prioritizing and featuring essential material necessary for a foundation in safe, effective, and quality patient care practices in medical imaging. As noted in the foreword, the resource is... read more
The authors have navigated the unique challenge of prioritizing and featuring essential material necessary for a foundation in safe, effective, and quality patient care practices in medical imaging. As noted in the foreword, the resource is intended to inform the reader and gain the reader's interest in the field of diagnostic imaging. To this end, the text provides concise and foundational material to be used as a "stepping stone to further information in this area."
The provided material is accurate. Important practices, theories and principles are introduced. For some, an in-depth discussion is provided in this work. For others, an appreciation and relevance is established so that readers will react in an appropriate manner in practice until they have opportunity to explore further.
The content is up-to-date. The organization of the material provides a framework to edit and update material as necessary and inevitable in any medical field. As an example of relevance, a step by step guide covers the use of the Online DICOM Image Navigator (ODIN); the software that is used in viewing medical images from the text's library. The format of the ODIN section of the text is such that if the software is updated, then the text may be readily edited. In addition, the format of the ODIN section also lends to updating the text's image library.
The introduction, abbreviations, and chapters 1 - 5 provide building blocks to critique case studies and information provided in the remaining chapters. Terms, concepts, and principles are introduced and explained in a manner that leads to reader comprehension or respect for the subject. For instance, the inverse square law is addressed in the radiation protection section. Without going into specific math examples, the reader will understand that distance from the radiation source is of the upmost importance in carrying out radiation protection measures.
The amount of material may vary some per subject or per chapter. This is due to the context of the text as an introductory resource for diagnostic imaging. Some subjects need more explanation "up-front" as compared to others in early learning regarding the field. Considering the intention of this resource in providing knowledge for initial practice, some terms are used without much explanation. Otherwise, the text would be altered to an in-depth discussion of many topics in diagnostic imaging and detract the reader from needed breadth of understanding.
Although fundamental in design, there are sections of the text that could stand on their own for a non-introductory diagnostic imaging course. In particular, the case studies could be used at various points in a medical imaging course or in another type of health science course.
The organization of the text is well-thought-out. The narrative, pace, and flow of information leads the reader through the material and to each next step.
Overall, the text offers a conducive reading format. A recommendation for Chapter 2-Principles of Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection- should be considered. The chapter's highly important safety topic necessitates illustration to understand the abstract nature of ionizing radiation. Other than Chapter 2, the remaining sections of the text present a user friendly interface along with many excellent illustrations, tables, graphs, photographs, and medical images.
No grammatical errors noted.
Overall, the text is relatively culture neutral in terms of information being presented. Narratives are often backed up with diagrams, medical images, and equipment images as compared to images of imaging professionals and/or patients. A discussion in a case study for breast imaging presents the prevalance of breast cancer in women. This information adds "meaning" to the importance of breast imaging and as a mechanism for breast cancer screening. Although not intended as a public health text, similar discussion in the section on cardiovascular imaging could be beneficial since cardiovascular health is also a leading public health concern in North America (work was produced in Canada).
I would recommend this book as a supplement to categorical texts such as imaging informatics, imaging anatomy and pathology, imaging physics, and image procedures.
In terms of diagnostic imaging, it is very comprehensive in the coverage of radiographs, but not as much in other imaging tools such as MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear imaging, etc. They are included in a good overview in chapter 3, but the focus falls... read more
In terms of diagnostic imaging, it is very comprehensive in the coverage of radiographs, but not as much in other imaging tools such as MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear imaging, etc. They are included in a good overview in chapter 3, but the focus falls more heavily on radiography. However, the text provides ane excellent introduction to radiography for students.
I do not notice any errors in the information. Some variance between US and Canadian regulation/oversight, but many examples use the American College of Radiography guidelines. Information is current and sample cases are relevant.
Medical texts are difficult as information quickly becomes obsolete, this is very current and provides a good overview of the information that introduces complex concepts clearly.
The information is very clear and concise. It is very easy to get heavy on jargon or technical specifics, however, this text offers a very clear introduction to materials and procedures. It presents the theory and background well.
Some chapters offer more depth than others, however, each is consistent in terms and clarity.
I intended to include specific chapters in modules, I feel that it is easy to assign by chapters and subtopics. While the information builds, it is not necessary to begin in chapter 1 in order to understand the following chapters.
The text features a logical flow. The interface is easy to navigate for access to topics and supplemental information. The ODIN modules are helpful adjuncts as well.
I had no issues with the digital interface with my laptops, however, I did not try to access it from a tablet or phone as many students do.
No issues noted
There is nothing insensitive that I noted about this text. The focus is on imaging techniques and pathologies, very limited information regarding race, ethnicity are included. A variety of pathologies and health states are presented. Most images are of diagnostic images rather than people performing or receiving them.
I feel this text will make an excellent adjunct for imaging and diagnostic course modules for health sciences students in North America.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 – Introduction
- Chapter 2 – Principles of Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection
- Chapter 3 – Principles of Imaging Techniques
- Chapter 4 – Contrast Media in Radiology
- Chapter 5 – Approach to Reviewing X-ray Imaging
- Chapter 6 – Brain and Spine
- Chapter 7 – Breast
- Chapter 8 – Cardiovascular
- Chapter 9 – Chest
- Chapter 10 – Gastrointestinal and Abdominal
- Chapter 11 – Gynecology and Obstetrics
- Chapter 12 – Head and Neck
- Chapter 13 – Interventional / Vascular (Invasive)
- Chapter 14 – Musculoskeletal
- Chapter 15 – Pediatric
- Chapter 16 – Urogenital
- Chapter 17 – Normal, Reference Images, Unlabelled and Labelled
About the Book
Diagnostic Imaging principles and concepts are augmented by the presentation of images for common clinical conditions. Guiding principles related to minimizing radiation exposure and requesting the most appropriate imaging examination are addressed.Static images are enhanced by the ability to access images stored and displayed on an Html-5 compatible, Dicom image viewer that simulates a simple Picture Archive and Communication system (PACS). Users can also access other imaging from the Dicom viewer (ODIN), beyond the basic curriculum provided, to further advance their experience with viewing diagnostic imaging pathologies.
About the Contributors
Brent Burbridge, MD, FRCPC
Evan Mah, BSc (Kin)