Author: Biz India

Book Review: SPECT and SPECT-CT – A Clinical Guide

Editors: Chun K. Kim, MD: and Katherine A. Zukotynski, MD Publisher: Thieme – 205 pages, with 250 illustrations Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), according to an article on Wikipedia, is “a nuclear medicine tomographic imaging technique using gamma rays. It is very similar to conventional nuclear medicine planar imaging using a gamma camera (that is, scintigraphy). However, it is able to provide true three-dimensional information. This information is typically presented as cross-sectional slices through the patient, but can be freely reformatted or manipulated as required. “The technique requires delivery of a gamma-emitting radioisotope (a radionuclide) into the patient, normally through injection into the bloodstream. On occasion, the...

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Book Review: Nasoseptal Perforations – Endoscopic Repair Techniques

Editors: Isam Alobid, MD; and Paolo Castelnuovo, MD Publisher: Thieme – 181 pages, with 218 illustrations Book Review by: Nano Khilnani In the words of Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen who wrote the Foreword to this book, “this book represents a comprehensive overview about the current techniques to achieve close septal perforations and offers an innovative approach to ‘reconstruct’ the full septum that, from my modest point of view, is a surgical revolution.” There has been a ‘dramatic evolution’ in endoscopic techniques for septal perforation repair in the last 20 years or so, the editors point out in their Preface. They write...

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Book Review: Clinical Introduction to Medical Acupuncture

Authors: Steven K.H. Aung, MD; and William P.D. Chen, MD Publisher: Thieme – 324 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Medical acupuncture (as part of what is termed traditional Chinese medicine or TCM) as a technique for not only relieving pain but also treating numerous conditions and diseases, has been around for about four thousand years, as have related techniques such as moxibustion and cupping, points out Wang Xue-Tai, who has written the Foreword (as have two other people) for this extensive book of 99 chapters. He is Founder and Permanent Honorary President of the World Federation of Acupuncture...

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Book Review: Decision-Making in Orthopedic Trauma

Editor: Meir T. Marmor, MD Publisher: Thieme – 172 pages, with 39 illustrations Book Review by: Nano Khilnani This book fills a great need for easily-accessible, available, and usable information by orthopedic surgeons on a large variety and number of procedures. Such information is not readily found in medical literature today. The editor of this volume Dr. Meir Marmor writes: “Surgeons, physicians, nurses, therapists and medical staff who treat musculoskeletal injuries need to have a common language and understanding of the critical decisions and management options for the various injuries. However, this information is not easy to come by.”...

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Book Review: Atlas of Pulmonary Vascular Imaging

Author: Conrad Wittram, MB Publisher: Thieme – 161 pages Book Review by: Nano Khilnani Imaging technologies have continued to improve over the years, especially computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), Dr. Lawrence R. Goodman points out in his Foreword to this book. He is Professor and Director of Diagnostic Radiology and Pulmonary Medicine, and Director of Thoracic Imaging at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. These days, better spatial resolution, contrast resolution, and temporal resolution enable the images of pulmonary vessels in their relation to other intrathoracic structures, to be seen in “exquisite vascular detail,” something...

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