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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 40
Book review

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Rahalkar M D. Book review. Indian J Radiol Imaging 1999;9:40

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Rahalkar M D. Book review. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 1999 [cited 2020 Sep 26];9:40. Available from:
F Schmidt, MK Stenling & R Turner (eds.) ECHO-PLANAR IMAGING. New York: Springer Verlag, 1998 662pgs. ISBN : 3-540-63194-1.

The book has 662 pages and is written with the help of several contributors from USA and Europe. The authors themselves are considered as pioneers in the development of EPI and its clinical applications.

The book describes the technical principles and applications of Echo-Planar Imaging (EPI). The modern MRI machines with faster imaging capacity use EPI, which essentially acquires NMR echoes from a single spin excitation. Hence data acquisition times have been reduced from minutes to seconds. This has resulted in introduction of several new sequences in clinical practice. One finds an array of oft-repeated and abbreviated names of such sequences, e.g. FSE, BOLD, MRA, FLAIR, STIR, MRCP, RARE etc. which have been described in lucid detail in this book. Undoubtedly this is a major short text-book dedicated entirely to EPI and its alike variants.

First 7 chapters deal with various aspects of EPI, viz. Physics, history, safety, artefacts and image production. The remaining 9 chapters explain the role of EPI in using different types of sequences for different organs under different clinical settings. There is a host of fascinating images of MR coronary angio, diffusion weighted images of early infarct, MR myelogram. MR pyelogram, MR cholangio-pancreatogram, and so on. This is of particular help to those radiologists, who practise MRI.

It is for this reason that this book would be recommended for inclusion in the libraries of Teaching Hospitals and MRI Centers.

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