The sound premise of this book is that the details of technique, performance, and best utilization of many new diagnostic tests have outpaced the average surgeon's knowledge of how to use them. Its objective is to close this information gap.
The term diagnostic patient studies is a new one, as explained in the preface. Its definition is "diagnostic procedures that require the presence of the patient." Such tests are differentiated from laboratory studies performed on fluids and tissues by technicians remote from the patient. Diagnostic patient studies include all imaging techniques and those in which needles and scopes are introduced through various body orifices. It is an interesting concept for classifying diagnostic tests and one that covers some highly complex and expensive new procedures that have been introduced within the last ten to 15 years.
The first half of the book addresses techniques of imaging. The second half concentrates on