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Book Review: Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice

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Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice

I recently finished reading this book co-authored by Dr. Akshay Baheti,  Dr. Bhavin Jankharia, and few other senior radiologists from India. It’s an excellent book and is a must-read not only for radiology residents but also for practicing radiologists. Radiology practice is different than the classic “Aunt-Minnie’s” we come across in books and the same can be said about certain situations that we face while practicing. Most often we are confused about what needs to be done and what we usually do is what has been passed on to us by our seniors without understanding the rationale behind that and confirming its authenticity. Some of these situations include:

  • Radiation and Patient Safety
  • Contrast media safety.
  • Cross section Imaging in Pregnant and lactating patients.
  • Interacting with patients and informing them about their investigations and procedures.
  • Radiology reports: When to call back a report and when to add addendums instead.

This book addresses these and many more such common issues that one comes across during practice. They are presented in a very lucid manner. All of the content is referenced to standard articles from reputed associations like the American College of Radiology (ACR) and European Society of Urogenital Radiology (ESUR). Content is presented in a concise way with a lot of tables and flow charts explaining steps that need to be followed in specific situations. It busts a lot of myths that we have been forwarding to our juniors, for eg:

Radiation being a stochastic effect, the risk of every CT is individual and not cumulative with respect to carcinogenesis.  

The format of the book is also interesting. Every chapter starts off with a set of questions which we all must have encountered frequently. This is followed by a detailed discussion of the topic and a short summary. The authors answer the questions at the end. Because of this format, the concepts are revised multiple times and it helps retention. The question-answer format is the one that will be an eye-opener for many.

This is a must-have book for any radiology department. The book is also a must-read for all exam going radiology residents as this includes questions which are favorite of certain DNB/ MD examiners, like ” Should one administer IV contrast for CT in a patient with renal failure?”, “What would you prefer in a patient with renal failure: IV CT contrast or MR contrast?”.

Another important aspect is that when patients and referring clinicians are more confident about the validity and safety of a particular radiology test (for eg. Contrast CT in a patient with borderline renal function) when they have an authentic reference like this book.

Not only radiology professionals even the technicians and support staff in a radiology department will find this book really useful as it addresses common concerns faced in routine radiology practice.

Highly recommended!

The book costs less than 400 INR and is totally worth the price you pay for. You can buy it here from Amazon: Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice.

Here is a sneak peek into the contents of the book:

Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice
Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice: Contents
Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice Content
Known Unknowns Of Everyday Radiology Practice Content

Thanks to Dr. Akshay Baheti for sharing the contents of the book. If you have any queries regarding the content of the book you can contact us and we shall communicate the same to the authors!

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