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Virtual Colonoscopy : A Practical Guide

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Rapid progress in the technique and practice of virtual colonoscopy as well as the conti- ing clinical high interest for this radiodiagnostic procedure made this second edition, only 3 years after the publication of the ? rst edition of this successful volume, necessary. This new edition includes the latest study results and technical developments of this exciting noninvasive diagnostic modality for the evaluation of the colon. The technical presentation and lay out of the text and of the many new illustrations are impeccable. The editors were again able to ensure the collaboration of many international leaders in the ? eld and the book offers a very comprehensive overview of all aspects and issues of CT colonography with a focus on how to perform practically this examination, which requires meticulous technique starting from rigorous preparation, then the conduct of the study itself, and ? nally the interpretation of the results. I am very much indebted to the editors and the collaborating authors for preparing this outstanding volume in a record short time period, which enabled them to include the latest technical advances in this rapidly evolving important radiological method. It is highly recommended to general and gastrointestinal radiologists as well as gast- eneterologists as a most welcome update of their knowledge and as a practical guide in their daily practice. I am convinced that this second edition will meet the same success with our readership as the ? rst one.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 253 pages
  • 193 x 270 x 15.24mm | 814g
  • Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
  • Berlin, Germany
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd ed. 2010
  • 16 Tables, black and white; XII, 253 p.
  • 354079879X
  • 9783540798798

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Virtual colonoscopy, or CT colonography, is a rapidly evolving technique for the detection of tumoral lesions in the colon. It is now accepted by the American Cancer Society as a valuable screening tool for both colorectal cancer and its adenomatous precursor. Virtual colonoscopy requires state-of-the-art technique with rigorous preparation, colonic distension, and optimization of scanning parameters. Dedicated reading, analysis, and reporting of the data sets are mandatory. With contributions from a number of leaders in the field, this book addresses all the important issues relating to virtual colonoscopy. There is a particular focus on practical aspects: how to start virtual colonoscopy in your department, the regular preparation, the importance of fecal tagging, how to reduce the preparation, how to obtain optimal colonic distension, and the correct scanning parameters. Imaging characteristics and pitfalls are considered in detail, with an extensive pictorial review of difficult lesions; the importance of computer-aided diagnosis is also discussed. In this second edition the text has been updated with the latest study results and developments in technology and new illustrations have been included. This book will be invaluable to every radiologist seeking information on how to perform the exciting technique of virtual colonoscopy.
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Table of contents

Why We Do CTC: Screening for Colorectal Cancer.- The Performance of CTC.- Starting CT Colonography in Your Department.- The Eligible Patient: Indications and Contraindications.- Patient Preparation for CT Colonography.- The Prerequisite: Faecal Tagging.- How to Get the Colon Distended?.- Right Parameters.- How to Interpret CTC Data: Evaluation of the Different Lesion Morphologies.- How to Avoid Pitfalls in Imaging: Causes and Solutions to Overcome False-Negatives and False-Positives.- 3D Imaging: Invaluable for the Correct Diagnosis?.- The Challenge: Detection of Early-Stage Superficial Colorectal Lesions.- Extracolonic Findings.- The Future: Computer-Aided Detection.- Quality and Consistency in Reporting CT Colonography.- Virtual Colonoscopy: Beyond Polyp Detection.- Pictorial Overview of Normal Anatomy, Mimics of Disease, and Neoplasia Using CT Colonography.
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Review Text

From the reviews of the second edition:

"As barium enema rapidly gives way to the era of virtual colonoscopy (VC), increasing numbers of radiologists and gastroenterologists need a guide to navigate this transition. The second edition of 'Virtual Colonoscopy: A Practical Guide' has arrived to fulfil this need. ... I would highly recommend this practical and informative book to anyone interested in virtual colonoscopy. I would particularly recommend it for radiologists making the transition from barium to VC, radiographers and perhaps most of all, sceptical colonoscopists." (Owen Epstein, RAD Magazine, December, 2010)

"'The book offers a very comprehensive overview of all aspects and issues of [computed tomographic] CT colonography with a focus on how to perform practically this examination.' ... I found the book to be well organized and written clearly and succinctly. ... book is intended to be 'a guide for both the beginner and the experienced CT colonographer. It fulfills its purpose and is an excellent resource for radiologists and radiology residents who are involved in performing and interpreting virtual colonoscopy." (Philip Goodman, Radiology, Vol. 258 (3), March, 2011)

"This second edition of a well known book is intended to provide the reader with all the most updated information in the rapidly evolving field of virtual colonoscopy. ... an important and impressive book, enriched by an enormous amount of perfectly reproduced images, a 'must have' book for radiologists, endoscopists and surgeons who understand ... that virtual colonoscopy is a very important diagnostic and screening tool when in the proper hands, or a mouse-trap and source of devastating errors in the hands of others." (Giampiero Beluffi, La Radiologia Medica, Vol. 116, 2011)
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From the reviews of the second edition:

"As barium enema rapidly gives way to the era of virtual colonoscopy (VC), increasing numbers of radiologists and gastroenterologists need a guide to navigate this transition. The second edition of `Virtual Colonoscopy: A Practical Guide' has arrived to fulfil this need. ... I would highly recommend this practical and informative book to anyone interested in virtual colonoscopy. I would particularly recommend it for radiologists making the transition from barium to VC, radiographers and perhaps most of all, sceptical colonoscopists." (Owen Epstein, RAD Magazine, December, 2010)

"`The book offers a very comprehensive overview of all aspects and issues of [computed tomographic] CT colonography with a focus on how to perform practically this examination.' ... I found the book to be well organized and written clearly and succinctly. ... book is intended to be `a guide for both the beginner and the experienced CT colonographer. It fulfills its purpose and is an excellent resource for radiologists and radiology residents who are involved in performing and interpreting virtual colonoscopy." (Philip Goodman, Radiology, Vol. 258 (3), March, 2011)

"This second edition of a well known book is intended to provide the reader with all the most updated information in the rapidly evolving field of virtual colonoscopy. ... an important and impressive book, enriched by an enormous amount of perfectly reproduced images, a `must have' book for radiologists, endoscopists and surgeons who understand ... that virtual colonoscopy is a very important diagnostic and screening tool when in the proper hands, or a mouse-trap and source of devastating errors in the hands of others." (Giampiero Beluffi, La Radiologia Medica, Vol. 116, 2011)
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