...comprehensive coverage of MRI physics, from basic principles to more advanced topics such as MR angiography & fast scanning techniques...MCQs & problem-solving exercises test the reader's knowledge.
The chapters on frequency/phase encoding is badly written. The basic mechanics is described in an imprecise way that it is misleading, if not completely wrong at some points. This leads to inconsistencies in many places, and makes the treatment of k-space unsatisfying. (That's pretty much all the major important topics in basic MRI!)
I still recommend it to newbies. But always consult a more technical book (for example, Liang and Lauterbur) when in doubt.
Since there really isn't that many choices for a beginner, this is a passable book. Just remember that the signal processing part of the book is inconsistent and misleading. Always consult a more technical book (for example, Liang and Lauterbur) when in doubt.
The authors have successfully negotiated the narrow difference between a book that is filled with mind numbing details and one which is over simplified with a trivial approach. While not getting bogged down in minutia that are endlessly fascinating to physicists, but demoralizing to many physicians, they haven't avoided the concepts which form the basis of MRI such as, K-space, Fourier transform and pulse sequences. Nor have newer scanning techniques that involve tissue suppression and MRA been slighted.
At the end of each chapter a succinct "Key Points" section emphasizes the most relevant features of the preceeding chapter. Also included at the end of each chapter is a self-assessment quiz (with answers at the end of the book).
This book is excellent for MR technologists, radiology residents in board preparation and non-radiolgist physicians who want to get up-to-speed in this exciting and rapidly growing subdiscipline of diagnostic imaging.
If this book were a movie, I would give it an enthusiastic, "Two Thumbs Up."