Abdominal x rays made easy
- By: Iain McNamara
Abdominal x rays made easy - surely an oxymoron, I cynically thought to myself, remembering the humiliation I had suffered during a teaching session on x ray films of said anatomical region.
My preconceptions took a vicious blow as I began to read. An array of fairly obvious, yet surprisingly simple, titles made my introduction to the book less daunting. The book starts with a discussion of normal abdominal x ray films accompanied by well-labelled films, each occupying an entire page. The relevant aspects of each film are discussed in bullet point format on the adjacent pages. This stepwise approach is not skipped over in a hurry to get on to abnormalities; instead it is emphasised by using a number of examples. Each is used to illustrate a point or to teach “moral lessons” better learnt from the book rather than the patient. This system allows the reader to develop