Radiology Text Books


I am frequently asked about radiology textbooks that would be suitable for the chiropractic office.  Here is my list of favorites.  Get out the credit cards!


Did I leave any out? Probably.  If you have questions on specific texts contact me at


These first 4 are an absolute must!

1.      Clinical Imaging: With Skeletal, Chest, and Abdomen Pattern Differentials

By Dennis M. Marchiori, DC, MS, DACBR Palmer College of Chiropractic, Davenport, Iowa


I'm biased…I admit it, but I am particuarly proud of this text representing the work of DACBRs and medical radiologists.  This is a goldmine of information for chiropractic students and practitioners. This comprehensive text covers skeletal, chest, abdomen, brain and spinal cord imaging in a format that emphasizes plain film radiography and integrates it with MRI and CT. Dr. Marchiori use a unique pattern approach to understanding imaging diagnosis combined with detailed descriptions of disease entities found in more traditional textbooks. The pattern approach helps the reader transition from image to differential diagnosis, by learning to recognize patterns of abnormality and then developing a list of possible diagnoses.

Price: $165.00

2.      Skeletal Imaging: Atlas of the Spine and Extremities

By John A. M. Taylor, DC, DACBR, Associate Professor, New York Chiropractic College, Seneca Falls, New York, Formerly: Associate Professor of Radiology, Western States Chiropractic College, Portland, OR; and Donald Resnick, MD, Chief, Osteoradiology Section, Department of Radiology,Veterans Affairs Medical Center, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA

A clear, comprehensive, reference for clinicians, radiologists, and residents interpreting images of musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders. It focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system. For each skeletal region, coverage includes normal developmental anatomy, fractures, deformities, dislocations, infections, hematologic disorders, and more. Joint and bone disorders are illustrated through more than 2,000 crisp radiographs, CT scans, MR images, bone scans, and conventional radiographic films.

Price: $129.00


3.      Essentials of Skeletal Radiology , Two-Volume Set Second Edition


Terry R. Yochum, BS, DC, DACBR, FCCR(    Lindsay J. Rowe, M App Sc (Chiropractic)


Covers a wide spectrum of chiropractic radiology, including skeletal variants that simulate disease, normal anatomy and radiographic positioning, and bone pathology.


Price: $225.00


4.      Atlas of Normal Roentgen Variants That May Simulate Disease, 7th Edition

By Theodore E. Keats, MD, Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA; and Mark W. Anderson, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

 Over 5600 images showing the appearance of the normal anatomic variants and pseudo lesions seen in clinical practice


Price: $249.00



OTHERS but also Very Good:

1.      Atlas of Radiologic Measurement, 7th Edition

By Theodore Keats, MD, Professor of Radiology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA; and Christopher Sistrom, MD, Department of Radiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

This new edition of a respected classic is the most comprehensive and up-to-date compendium of classical radiographic measurements, covering the full scope of diagnostic radiology CT, ultrasound, plain film, nuclear medicine, and MRI*as applied to all organ systems.

Price: $149.00


2.      Bone and Joint Imaging, 2nd Edition

By Donald Resnick, MD, Chief, Osteoradiology Section, Department of Radiology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA

This "concise", single-volume reference focuses on the aspects of musculoskeletal imaging and interpretation that are truly essential in today's clinical setting. Covers all the major subdivisions of skeletal radiology, and includes a brief review of normal bone and joint anatomy and physiology. Lots of info here!



Price: $239.00


3.      Diagnosis of Bone & Joint Disorders, 4th Edition, 5-Volume Set

By Donald Resnick, MD, Chief, Musculoskeletal Imaging, Professor of Radiology, University of California, San Diego, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA

If "Bone and Joint Imaging, 2nd Edition" is not enough for you this is the definitive, encyclopedic (5,472 pp.) source on musculoskeletal radiology an comprehensively covers every relevant imaging modality as well as every possible disease state that is manifested in the bones and joints of children and adults.

Price: $795.00


4.      Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology, 2nd Edition

By Clyde A. Helms, MD, Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

A popular, straightforward text that focuses on the fundamentals of skeletal radiology. It includes MR imaging, particularly as used in imaging the joints and spine. Chapters address such topics as benign lesions; "don't touch" lesions; trauma; arthritis; MRI of the knee, shoulder, foot, and ankle; the lumbar spine; and more. An easy read!

Price: $49.95


5.      Radiology of Skeletal Trauma, 3rd Edition, 2-Volume Set

By Lee F. Rogers, MD, Isadore Meschan Distinguished Professor of Radiology, Department of Radiology, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC

A comprehensive description of the role of diagnostic imaging (including plain film, computed tomography, isotopic bone scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging) in the evaluation of skeletal injury.

Price: $395.00


6.      Orthopedic Radiology - A Practical Approach, Third Edition Adam Greenspan, MD, FACR


A practical, contemporary guide to the basics of imaging, evaluation, and diagnosis.
This edition provides extensive coverage of three-dimensional imaging (CT and ultrasound), MR arthrography, CT, ultrasound, scintigraphy, SPECT, and diskography. It also presents more detailed information on MR imaging of orthopaedic trauma and MR evaluation of pelvic fractures and other pelvic disorders.


Price: $225.00

7.      The Encyclopaedia of Medical Imaging : Vol III Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue

Radiology by Holger Pettersson (Editor), David J. Allison (Editor)


I love this book!


The Encyclopaedia of Medical Imaging from NICER Institute is designed to be  a rapid, yet comprehensive, reference source. The  complete 8 volume set will contain around 5,000 images  and 20,000 entry titles organised in an A-Z sequence in each volume. Individual entries can be searched for alphabetically in the appropriate subject volume


List Price: $170.00


8.      AIDS to Radiological Differential Diagnosis by Stephen Chapman


List of differential diagnoses based on x-ray findigs.  Quite comprehensive.  Used more by radiologists.