Another Harnsberger classic is now available from Amirsys. Like other volumes in the cutting-edge EXPERTddx series, this deluxe reference book presents the most relevant differential diagnoses used by radiologists today, each of them classified by specific anatomic location, generic imaging findings, modality-specific findings, and clinically based indicators. Packed cover-to-cover with to-the-point bulleted information and more than 2,500 annotated images, with 8 or more for each differential, EXPERTddx: Head and Neck is by far the most comprehensive and convenient reference book of its kind.
An online eBook companion allows the practicing radiologist to access information at the point of care.
American Journal of Neuroradiology, 30-JUL-09 — “In a variation on the highly popular Diagnostic Imaging: Head and Neck by Dr. Harnsberger, which was written to describe and illustrate specific diseases with their differential diagnoses, this book, Expert ddx: Head and Neck, takes a different but probably more meaningful and useful approach to daily imaging and reporting. Here specific findings on MR imaging and CT are separated into groups or sections, within which the reader is presented with a series of images with different diagnoses but somewhat similar findings. Included within the sections is also a listing of the differential diagnosis and critical information about each of these diseases. This, of course, is exactly how one goes about reviewing images and constructing plausible diagnostic possibilities. “This remarkable (ground-breaking in concept) book has contributions from 10 well-known radiologists in head and neck imaging…who have selected excellent cases and high-quality images…A few examples will suffice to show how useful this book can be. In the temporal bone section, there is a portion entitled “Expansile-Destructive Petrous Apex Lesion,” which describes the common, uncommon, and rare entities to be considered. Each is discussed in the familiar bullet point manner…followed by 9 examples of different etiologies presenting in the same area and with similar but not identical features. This, like all other areas, is a great review of imaging and can supplement the on-line STAT Dx (https://my.statdx.com)…Similarly when one encounters a sinonasal lesion, the diagnostic possibilities are numerous-this book lays out the many lesions, allowing a comparison between what is on your PACS versus what is shown and described here. Examples of the usefulness of the book abound-one just has to thumb through it to see how it could be of ongoing help to any radiologist. “Beyond the imaging of diseases, excellent examples of variants are shown: For instance, in the section on normal skull base variants, venous channels or prominent foramina area is seen. Some of these are impressive and easily mistaken for pathology, such as a petromastoid canal simulating a fracture or large emissary veins simulating diploic lesions. Examples in other areas serve to stress variants mimicking abnormalities, but of course, the strength of the book is in the abundant image collection cataloged by region. An additional exercise of value is to simply go to a given section and study all the images, convincing yourself that the next time you see a similar lesion you will recall the differential possibilities. “As an added benefit to the purchase, the book comes with access to what Amirsys calls its “eBookAdvantage” (http://starfields.org/ebook-advantage.htm). With the enclosed code, one can access additional images and updated information to supplement what appears in the text. There is no question that the extensive series in diagnostic imaging broke the mold for books in radiology. Now the originators of this brilliant concept have taken another step by publishing a reference to cite specific findings. One looks forward to future EXPERT ddx in the brain and spine. “No departmental or sectional library should be without this series of textbooks, and I suspect that most neuroradiologists will want their own copies.”-American Journal of Neuroradiology