By Erskine J. Holmes, Rakesh R. Misra
A-Z of Emergency Radiology is geared toward trainee and training radiologists, in addition to all different healthcare execs desirous about studying scans of all imaging modalities within the emergency room atmosphere. It presents an easy, simply obtainable advisor to the major features of the main typically encountered difficulties. the straightforward A-Z layout of the booklet permits the reader to appear up the foremost positive factors of a identified situation, or to quick ascertain a suspected prognosis. for every , the presentation, key positive factors on obvious imaging, and the diagnostic (and differential diagnostic) elements are all defined, with feedback made for additional worthy investigations and next remedy the place applicable. associated stipulations, or people with an analogous visual appeal on imaging, are cross-referenced all through. photo caliber is paramount, and the foremost beneficial properties of every photograph are sincerely classified to assist the trainee establish the sights.
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A-Z of Emergency Radiology by Erskine J. Holmes, Rakesh R. Misra