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C. Masciocchi, A. Barile, C. Faletti, G. Monetti, F. Rossi

Inspired by a tremendous amount of iconographic material put together in more than 10 years of experience in all the different sections of diagnostic imaging and considering the lack of monographic texts on the subject in Italian, we have decided to write this diagnostic treaty on the shoulder.
This book is addressed to all the radiologists with years long experience, to the radiology associate students who, we hope, will be able to gain some educational benefits from the reading, but also to orthopedics, to reumatologists and to anyone with an active interest in this specific field. The shoulder is an articulation with a complex anatomy and indeed not easily accessible with traditional radiology techniques. The new diagnostic imaging techniques, especially MRI, allow us today to fill in any imaging "void", giving detailed information on the different anatomic components.
It should also be pointed out that, if for the knee artroscopy has "fooled" Diagnostic Imaging, the same cannot be said for the shoulder. The truth is, for what concerns the shoulder it is the new Imaging that is making it easier for artroscopy to be used in the treatment of instability or conflict syndromes.
The book analyzes carefully all the techniques today available to radiologists, explaining advantages and disadvantages of each one of them.
We also wanted to broaden the view by analyzing the basic syndromes on the bases of physiopathology and clinics too. In fact we believe that every radiologist should be aware of such issues to be able to make the best use of the methods available today.
In conclusion, the final chapter concentrates on all the pathologies of the shoulder that are less frequently found but still should not be considered less important on both the clinic and diagnostic point of view.
We all wish that this book will be useful to those that have to face and solve daily clinic-diagnostic problems linked to shoulder pathologies. If, thanks to a good use of this book, the radiologist will feel more self-confident in the diagnostic approach of shoulder pathologies, we will be happy to say we have achieved our goal.