This text is the first edition by Drs. Baert and Sartor, with contributions from
several other authors. It is a continuation of other texts pertaining to specific anatomy
and includes coverage of both imaging modalities and techniques specific to pathologic
conditions of the shoulder.
The section on imaging techniques covers plain radiography,
arthrography and bursography, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) ultrasound, and interventional procedures. Each
section highlights key points to guide the radiologist and orthopedic surgeon through
techniques, applications, and specific nuances. Plain radiography has
diagrammatic representation of patient positioning and examples of proper views to
confirm the techniques. Arthrography is covered in all its formats, including plain
films, CT, and MRI. These sections cover both techniques and results, with an emphasis on
cross-sectional anatomy. Supportive cadaveric sections within the CT portion further
elucidate anatomy. Also helpful is the MRI section, which includes techniques to
improve imaging quality in the presence of orthopedic implants and motion artifacts.
Ultrasound has increasing applicability in shoulder imaging and requires thorough
knowledge of anatomy. This section is well designed, with correlative MRI anatomy to
show normal and pathologic conditions.
The clinical section on shoulder pathology is well divided into
congenital and developmental disorders, trauma, rotator cuff, instability, postoperative
shoulder, arthritis, infection, osteonecrosis, tumors, and brachial plexus. Also
included is a discussion on future developments. This section is an impressive array of 3-dimensional
techniques, virtual endoscopy, and the use of virtual reality and kinematics.
As an academic shoulder surgeon, I have found this text to be readable, clinically
relevant, and exceedingly useful to my practice. The authors should be commended on
their organization and thoroughness in this new text.
© 2004 Arthroscopy Association of North America. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.