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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Robert J. Hariman, MD, FACC (Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine)
Description: This is an atlas of intravascular echocardiography that provides interesting examples of how this new technique can be used to obtain information above and beyond routine angiography.
Purpose: The authors present 100 cases that provide various didactic points to show that intravascular echocardiography can provide additional information to routine arteriography.
Audience: Based on the above purpose, this book is best suited for angiographers. In some centers, echocardiographers working with angiographers might find this book useful. This book is probably hard to understand for general internists or primary physicians.
Features: The book contains current references as well as examples that illustrate teaching points. The text is well written, making this book easy to understand. One criticism is that frequently there are not enough labels or arrows that indicate the abnormalities. For physicians not used to seeing echocardiograms, this book will be difficult to follow.
Assessment: This is a well-written book containing good quality pictures of examples on the use of intravascular ultrasound. This book should aid angiographers that are using or plan to use this new technology.