Editors: Collins, Jannette; Stern, Eric J.
Title: Chest Radiology: The Essentials, 2nd Edition
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Give me facts but above all give me understanding.
- Solomon
The objective of this book is to provide a practical tool for those wanting to quickly acquire a broad base of knowledge in thoracic imaging. The content is limited to the essentials of chest radiology so as not to overwhelm the novice, yet provides enough detail that it can serve as a quick review for residents or practicing radiologists, a guide for those who teach thoracic imaging, and a reference for internists, pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, critical care physicians, family practitioners, and other health care professionals whose patients undergo thoracic imaging procedures. What sets this book apart from other similar texts are (a) it is compact and of practical size for a resident to read during an initial 4-week chest radiology experience, (b) it closely follows an established cardiothoracic radiology curriculum, and (c) it provides an exercise for self-assessment.
This second edition carries over the pattern approach, use of mnemonics, and emphasis on chest radiograph/CT correlation. However, several changes were made to the first edition to reflect current technology (in particular, the introduction of fast multidetector CT scanning) and updated curricular guidelines. The specific behaviorally based learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter follow the 2005 revised curriculum on cardiothoracic radiology for diagnostic radiology residency developed by the Education Committee of the Society of Thoracic Radiology (1). A new chapter devoted to cardiac imaging reflects the increased cardiac content in the revised curriculum.
Nearly 800 new images were added to the second edition, many replacing those from the first edition that reflected older technology. All of the new figures were acquired and transferred to the publisher in digital format.
The content of the second edition was expanded to include the new classification of the idiopathic interstitial pneumonias, current techniques used to evaluate solitary pulmonary nodules, guidelines for management of small incidental nodules detected on chest CT, new World Health Organization classification of lung tumors, and numerous new imaging cases for self-assessment.
Many comments from readers of the first edition, particularly residents, were considered in preparing the second edition. Those parts of the first edition that were positively regarded, such as the self-assessment chapter, were expanded. A new section was added on "Patterns of Lung Disease" to provide a one-stop guide to the recognition and understanding of the findings of honeycomb lung, cystic lung disease, interstitial nodules, mosaic lung attenuation, ground-glass opacification, and "tree-in-bud" opacities on thin-section chest CT.
To address the inherent limitations in a book of "essentials," selected scientific literature and larger comprehensive textbooks are referenced at the end of each chapter for readers who want to broaden their foundation of knowledge. The interpretation of chest radiographs and CT scans does not always lend itself to a "cookbook" approach, but as much as possible, this book attempts to provide a logical approach to learning that will not only prepare readers for but also stimulate them to pursue lifelong learning in chest radiology.
1. Collins J, Abbott GF, Holbert JM, et al. Revised curriculum on cardiothoracic radiology for diagnostic radiology residency with goals and objectives related to general competencies. Acad Radiol. 2005;12:210–223.
Jannette Collins MD, MEd, FCCP
Eric J. Stern MD