Anatomy atlases are wonderful companions to practicing radiologists and students of radiology. As magnetic resonance imaging becomes more widely used, the level of anatomic resolution available for radiographic interpretation becomes fi ner as well.
Many anatomy textbooks and websites are available. We created this cross-sectional anatomy series, of which Musculoskeletal Anatomy is the fi rst title, because there are relatively few books that include both T1-weighted and T2-weighted imaging, and because we believe there is something special about the Netter style of illustration. Whereas a cadaveric cross-section can appear fl at and distractingly busy, a cartoon of a cross-section is often an over-simplifi cation of reality. A radiologist reading an MRI develops a mental representation of the anatomy that is something between a cadaveric cross-section and a cartoon; it is an internal illustration in which clinically relevant details are brought to light; it is something quite close to a Netter drawing.
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