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MRI-ESSENTIALS; The New Radiologists' Reference is based on a brief work intended as a tool for daily musculoskeletal practice which was first published in 2002. Short paragraphs and simple drawings covered the basic facts of musculoskeletal MRI. Positive feedback over the years suggested that many radiologists prefer this concise style over the usual exposition of textbooks. The success of this early effort lead us to extend the concept of short text passages with accompanying drawings into an expanded—yet still concise—text with many images to illustrate the discussion. Maintaining the original concept, the text passages are deliberately very short and focus on the clinically relevant facts.


The Concept covers all aspects of musculoskeletal MRI with an emphasis on orthopedics and sports medicine. The text is highly compressed and enhanced by the images. Examples of some complex pathologies are included, but without straying from the subject. Learning in radiology, like all learning, is a combination of knowledge acquired from those around us, knowing the science and personal experience. Presentation and analysis of actual MR images is of fundamental importance to such personal experience beyond the daily exposition of cases. The images included in this book were chosen to provide the opportunity for such analysis, but the most important requirement was that the images are relevant to clinical practice.


The Team To bring an idea to life, the input, vision and experience of other experts is paramount. I particularly wish to thank Frank Roemer and Ali Guermazi who helped tremendously in driving this project and in gathering a fantastic group of internationally renowned experts who supported this project with all their expertise from the beginning. The combined knowledge of these world-class experts made the many discussions and ongoing refinement of details a most enjoyable experience.


The Readers can be studied and read from the beginning to the end to gain a deeper insight into musculoskeletal MR imaging, but it can also be dipped into for information on specific topics. Basic knowledge of MRI is helpful to take full advantage of its content. The structure of the book is as logical as possible to allow easy access to its contents so that it can be of use in daily radiology practice. Finally, any non-radiologists involved in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions will profit from this book, as knowledge of MRI is always important for communication and decisions about treatment.


The Goal Radiologists who deal with musculoskeletal MRI every day need fast access to the information necessary to establish a diagnosis. To meet this goal the text is concise, yet comprehensive, constantly focusing on clinical relevance while integrating anatomy and pathology. I hope that this book will foster communication between the radiologist and referring physician, will help provide focused and comprehensive reports and, finally and most importantly, will reflect the needs of our patients. If I have only partially reached this goal I am a happy man!


- July 2014 Wolfgang Fischer, on behalf of all co-authors

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Long Awaited "Clinical Essentials" in clinics NOW

This book attempts to provide a comprehensive look at all of the pathologies of muscles that are likely to be encountered in treating sports-related injuries.

Its purpose is to give the practitioner a guide for identifying injuries and choosing the best therapeutic strategy. The first part presents the consensus view of current knowledge: the physiology of lesions and their prognosis as well as their anatomy, clinical imaging, and treatment. Then each of the muscles is described in turn, with a review of anatomy, clinical examination, the results of imaging, and therapeutic choices for acute and chronic injuries. A major section is dedicated to imaging, with the emphasis on which diagnostic methods are best for specific injuries and how to use diagnostic imaging to determine the most suitable therapeutic strategies.


Special care has been taken to provide high-quality illustrations that clearly show how to identify the lesion of the damaged muscle. A wealth of illustrations, many in color, are included. Finally, the book concludes with some clinical cases and technical notes relevant to treatment of sports-related muscle injuries.

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BICL Experts Publish Highly Anticipated Imaging in Sports MSK Injuries

Imaging in Sports Musculoskeletal Injuries in circulation. 

". . . As experienced sports physicians we have seen most of the injuries, we have listened to very many lectures and we own many books. We have perused a zillion sports medicine books at conferences, academic bookstores and among our friends/colleagues’ collections. So when we heard that Professor Guermazi and Doctors Roemer and Crema were writing a sports medicine radiology book we were pleased but we were not expecting to be surprised. . . "

- Dr. Karim Khan, MD, PhD, FACSP

Professor, University of British Columbia

Editor in chief, British Journal of Sports Medicine


- Hakim Chalabi, MD, MBSM

Assistant Director General International Medical Affairs, Aspetar Hospital

Former Medical Director, Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, Chief Medical Officer, Algeria National Football Team

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Guglielmi, Peh, Guermazi - Geriatric Imaging - Springer 2013, 1127 pages

In the elderly, the coexistence of various diseases, the presence of involutional and degenerative changes, and the occurrence of both physical and cognitive problems represent “the norm.” It is therefore important to know how to distinguish the healthy elderly from those in need of treatment as a sound basis for avoiding overdiagnosis and overtreatment. This aspect is a central theme in Geriatric Imaging, which covers a wide range of applications of different imaging techniques and clearly explains both the potential and the limitations of diagnostic imaging in geriatric patients.


Individual sections are devoted to each major region or system of the body, and a concluding section focuses specifically on interventional procedures. The book, written by recognized experts in the field, is superbly illustrated and will be an ideal resource for geriatricians, radiologists, and trainees.

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Peller, Subramaniam, Guermazi-PET-CT and PET-MRI in Oncology
Springer 2012, 435 pages

Over the past decade, PET-CT has achieved great success owing to its ability to simultaneously image structure and function, and show how the two are related. More recently, PET-MRI has also been developed, and it represents an exciting novel option that promises to have applications in oncology as well as neurology. The first part of this book discusses the basics of these dual-modality techniques, including the scanners themselves, radiotracers, scan performance, quantitation, and scan interpretation. As a result, the reader will learn how to perform the techniques to maximum benefit.


The second part of the book then presents in detail the PET-CT and PET-MRI findings in cancers of the different body systems. The final two chapters address the use of PET/CT in radiotherapy planning and examine areas of controversy. The authors are world-renowned experts from North America, Europe, and Australia, and the lucid text is complemented by numerous high-quality illustrations.

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Guermazi, (Guest Editor, Radiologic Clinics of North America)
Imaging of Osteoarthritis.
Ed. Saunders, July 2009, 244 pages

This issue takes a multimodality approach to imaging of osteoarthritis. Clinical issues including an overview of the disease and imaging as an aid to evaluate patient functionality are also reviewed. Not only are current standards for imaging covered but also newer techniques under development.

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Gangi, Guth, Guermazi 
Imaging in Percutaneous Musculoskeletal Interventions.
Ed. Springer 2008, 414 pages.  

This book details imaging in percutaneous musculoskeletal interventions. It describes in exhaustive detail the abilities and uses of imaging in guiding procedures ranging from biopsy and joint injection to management of pain and tumors.


In addition, it documents the different indications for vascular interventions in musculoskeletal lesions and focuses on ultrasound-guided interventions.

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Imaging of Kidney Cancer.
Ed. Springer 2006, 444 pages.

This is one of the first books to deal specifically with diagnostic imaging of the entire spectrum of kidney cancers. Both new and conventional imaging modalities are fully considered. After an introductory chapter on the histopathological classification of kidney cancers, the advantages and disadvantages of the various imaging modalities used in the diagnosis and assessment of disease extension are documented.


Subsequent chapters offer an exhaustive description of the radiological features of the different histological subtypes of kidney cancer, with radiological and histological illustrations and tables. The latest innovations in interventional and minimally invasive procedures are also well covered.


The book benefits from carefully chosen and technically excellent images. Each of the 24 chapters is written by an internationally acclaimed expert, making this book the most current and complete treatment of the subject available. It should be of great interest to radiologists, oncologists, and urologists.

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Radiological Imaging in Hematological Malignancies.
Ed. Springer 2004, 581 pages.

​This is one of the first books to deal specifically with imaging of the entire spectrum of hematological malignancies. The use of the latest imaging modalities is well described, and an important aspect of the book is the role of imaging techniques in differentiating between manifestations of the underlying disease and complications of treatment.


In the first chapter, magnetic resonance imaging of the bone marrow is discussed in detail. The following chapters describe exhaustively the imaging features of hematological malignancies, supported by thorough radiological and histological illustrations and tables. The third part documents the effects of therapy on each anatomical group of organs in patients treated in Hematology.


The last part details the interventional procedures employed for diagnosis, evaluation of treatment and also therapeutic purposes. Each of the 28 chapters is written by an internationally recognized expert, making this book the most current and complete treatment of this subject available. It should be of great interest to radiologists and hematologists.

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