Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Stroke; Stephen Davis, MD, Marc Fisher, MD, and Steven Warach, MD, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2003. ISBN: 0-521-80683-6, $130.00
Scope: This is a multi-authored textbook about magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in stroke. The authors are renowned clinicians and researchers in the field.
Contents: The book details all aspects of MRI and other imaging modalities such as computed tomography (CT) and functional imaging in stroke diagnosis. Part 1 emphasizes the role of imaging in stroke diagnosis, classification, and management. Part 2 provides a critical reviewof all imaging modalities and their use in stroke. Parts 3 and 4 cover CT of the brain and CT-based evaluation of cerebral blood flow. Part 5 explains the basics of technical aspects of MRI. Parts 6 to 14 detail the use of various MRI sequences and techniques in stroke patients to evaluate parenchymal lesions, cerebral blood flow, and vascular imaging. Part 15 is devoted to the evaluation of the ischemic penumbra. Parts 16 and 17 discuss the place of MRI in the selection of patients for thrombolysis and drug development. Parts 18 and 19 cover the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy and functional MRI in stroke.
Strengths: The authors have brought together a group of experts who have thoroughly reviewed every aspect of neuroimaging relevant to stroke. The book is clearly written and well-organized with numerous illustrations and figures.
Weaknesses: CT angiography has been left out. A comparison between CT angiography and magnetic resonance angiography would have been helpful. Cerebral venous thrombosis is not discussed.
Recommended audience: This book is extremely valuable for practitioners with an interest in stroke and for radiologists in training.
Critical appraisal: This book was written by experts who provide very accurate and updated information on the use of MRI in stroke.
Valérie Biousse, MD
Emory University School of Medicine; Atlanta, Georgia