Book review – Novel techniques for imaging the heart

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With advances in cardiac imaging modalities, this book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of cardiac computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The book is edited by Marcelo Di Carli and Raymond Kwong from Harvard Medical School, US, leading figures in their respective fields.








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book1Editors: Di Carli MF, Kwong RY
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, 2008
ISBN: 9781405175333
Price: £62.99

With advances in cardiac imaging modalities, this book provides a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of cardiac computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The book is edited by Marcelo Di Carli and Raymond Kwong from Harvard Medical School, US, leading figures in their respective fields.

Novel techniques for imaging the heart is one book in a series produced by the American Heart Association in accordance with their mission of “building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke”, aiming to provide the latest information on physiology, diagnosis and management – cutting edge topics in cardiology that are relevant to clinical practice.

The many advances in cardiac imaging, particularly newer technologies such as multi-detector CT and CMR, are enabling superior quality imaging and the gaining of evidence to improve their application to cardiovascular disease.

The book is divided into three sections to give a systematic approach from basic principles to advanced application of these technologies.

Part one gives a succinct account of the basic concepts and principles of cardiac CT and MRI, including chapters on contrast agents and safety considerations in differing situations.

Part two is particularly useful as it describes an overview of these modalities in specific clinical scenarios. It covers their use in coronary artery disease, heart failure, peri-operative risk assessment, electrophysiology and valvular heart disease. It also covers hybrid imaging (PET CT) and provides a critical review of the current stress imaging and the role for these investigations in risk assessment.

Part three is the climax of the book covering exciting technical and advanced applications of these modalities and their use in emerging roles in stem cell therapy, image-guided catheter intervention and imaging myocardial mechanics.

Whilst these modalities are not found in every district general hospital at present, it is still relevant to any cardiologist or even radiologist wishing to broaden their knowledge. The book is intended for trainees in cardiac imaging although it also serves to provide a good overview to any trainee. It is also suited to academics or anyone who wishes to gain an up-to-date understanding in these rapidly advancing fields.

The text is well written and gives a good overview of non-invasive imaging techniques. There are extensive figures as well as a companion CD that includes figures from the book and 40 video clips referenced to the text. This book is worth considering whether you wish to gain an insight or a more detailed understanding into either of these modalities.

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