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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Matthew J. Bassignani, MD (University of Virginia Health Sciences Center)
Description: This is a reasonably priced and easy to read book on 3D sonography with copious photos, illustrations, and 3D sonograms, most of which are in color. Short concise chapters allow manageable digestion of this new technique for sonographic imaging.
Purpose: The authors succeed in illustrating their initial results with the application of 3D sonographic technology to clinical imaging. The authors are able to fulfill their objectives in many areas that 3D ultrasound has shown early successes (e.g., fetal imaging).
Audience: Academic practitioners will likely gravitate toward this book. Those most likely to benefit from its use include radiologists and obstetricians who perform maternal-fetal imaging. The editors and their chosen authors are credible specialists, particularly in the use of 3D sonography.
Features: Heavily weighted toward the assessment of normal and abnormal fetal and gynecologic structures, the book does a good job at covering these subjects. The introductory chapter on physics and techniques seemed a little lacking. Application outside the fetal and gynecologic realms too was deficient. Although most of the sonographic images showed exquisite detail, there are some (e.g., color flow imaging) that are confusing. Additionally, I believe some of the static imaging was difficult to interpret due to its inherent dynamic nature and because interaction with the 3D console is necessary for complete understanding.
Assessment: The authors argue effectively that 3D reformations of CT and MRI have provided additional clinical data and that 3D sonography provides similarly useful insights into anatomic and pathologic processes. This remarkable text shows some stunning 3D images, particularly in the field of obstetrical imaging. It is those clinicians involved in maternal-fetal medicine that would benefit most from acquiring this book. This book sets the benchmark for others to meet and beat when presenting new uses for this novel technique.