Book Review: Pocket Atlas of Cranial Magnetic Resonance Imaging

The featured book is ‘Pocket Atlas of Cranial Magnetic Resonance Imaging’ by Atlas and Kaplan and is intended for ‘anyone interested in cranial magnetic resonance imaging’. The book has a glossy cover with rounded edges and is as the title suggests pocket sized (while it does seem a little wide, I tried it in 2 jacket pockets and it did indeed fit). The images were acquired on a 1.5T MRI Scanner. However, I wasn’t able to ascertain the characteristics of the subject(s) on whom the scans were undertaken and presume in the absence of this information that it is an adult of under 65 years (although this may be incorrect). The book is divided into five sections – the saggital brain, axial brain, coronal brain, sella coronal/sagittal and intracranial MRA. In the Sagittal sections there are corresponding coronal section insets allowing us to better gauge the location of the slides. The sagittal slides are clearly labelled and I found it easy to understand relationships between structures. The Axial brain section contained corresponding sagittal insets as does the coronal brain section of the book. The Intracranial MRA contains axial insets along with the different perspectives on the arteries and their tributaries. This is a valuable resource for those with an interest in improving their knowledge of MRI Cranial imaging.


Scott W Atlas and Richard Kaplan. Pocket Atlas of Cranial Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Lippincott Williams and Wilkins. Second Edition. 2001.


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