Spinal Imaging: Critical Topics for Clinical Practice Mauricio Castillo
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1Spinal Imaging Critical Topics for Clinical Practice2
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Second Edition
Editor Mauricio Castillo MD FACR James Scatliff Distinguished Professor of Radiology Division Chief of Neuroradiology University of North Carolina School of Medicine Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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Spinal Imaging: Critical Topics for Clinical Practice
First Edition: 2001 (Published by Hanley & Belfus, Inc)
Second Edition: 2016
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5 Contributors 7 Preface
I have to confess that I always have had a soft spot in my heart for this book. Originally published in 2001 with a slightly different name (at that time its title contained: State-of-the-Art), it is now republished with a new title, retweaked and slightly different contents. How and why did this happen? A few months ago, Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd. got in touch with me and asked if I would be interested in republishing the book in basically its previous exact form with the promise that the publishers will not only make readily available to previous audiences but to new ones: radio­logists, who practice in countries with emerging economies and those in less fortunate locations. I thought that this was a wonderful idea and that it would give me and some of the authors the possibility of updating our previous chapters. As expected most previous authors accepted the challenge, while few others decided that the original writings still held their place in a more modern world and thus they were left intact. In reality, over 90% of the book you hold now in your hands is new or revised. My intention is for this book to be a fast, but informative, read. Printed matter must compete with electronic information and it can do that only if it offers and delivers a significant concentration of information per unit of time spent in it. I believe this new book does. As an editor emeritus of a major clinical journal, I am well aware of the difficulties (timewise) and reticence of many investigators and busy academic clinicians to embark in writing chapters. However, for this book, most guest authors gladly accepted the invitation to revise their previous works and when not they were kind enough to allow others to improve the content of their chapters. As such, in these instances, the names of the original authors have been retained and those of the new ones added. Many thanks to all my colleagues who participated in one way or the other to complete this book and I hope that you, the reader and student, will enjoy and profit from it.
Again, as in the original version, this book is not intended to be all-inclusive but rather topic-driven. However, I believe that it does provide a fast-read and information-dense source, which should be easily digestible for all those with interest in spine-imaging.
Mauricio Castillo MD FACR8
9 Acknowledgments
We would like to thank Mr Jitendar P Vij (Group Chairman), Mr Ankit Vij (Group President), Ms Chetna Malhotra Vohra (Associate Director), Ms Angima Shree (Development Editor), and the production team of Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd, New Delhi, India.10