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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gary A Thieme, MD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: The title of this book appropriately reflects the content and orientation within. The editors intend to convey a practical approach to the clinical practice of Doppler ultrasound.
Purpose: The goal is to provide a practical guide for understanding Doppler techniques, their major applications, and their role in patient management.
Audience: The editors simply state that the book will be useful for those taking up Doppler techniques and applying the techniques in clinical roles. Imaging specialists, particularly radiologists whose practice includes a substantial volume of ultrasound imaging, will find this textbook valuable. Radiology residents will discover that the format is comprehensive, yet compact and readable. Other physicians, including vascular surgeons, transplant surgeons, urologists, neurologists, and hepatologists, will find selected chapters applicable to their clinical interests. Sonographers can benefit from the technical descriptions, anatomic presentations, and clinical case material. The editors and contributors are established in their field and collectively bring to the textbook many years of experience.
Features: The contributors begin appropriately with a presentation of the physics of Doppler ultrasound and the hemodynamics of blood flow. Standard peripheral vascular topics are presented. Abdominal vascular topics include the aorta, inferior vena cava, native liver, and native kidney. Special topics include post-TIPS procedure evaluation, liver transplantation, renal transplantation, and Doppler imaging of the penis and scrotum. The authors conclude with an overview of Doppler ultrasound in the female pelvis and obstetrics. The presentation format for each chapter is consistent and includes exam indications, exam technique, anatomy diagrams, normal sonographic features, assessment of pathology, and pitfalls and accuracy with respect to other techniques. Bullet summaries of key points are neatly presented in table format. High-quality illustrations are easy to comprehend. Clinical imaging examples range from good to excellent quality.
Assessment: In less than 300 pages, this textbook is a comprehensive guide to clinical Doppler ultrasound. The content is presented in an enjoyable and colorful format that is easy to read. The serious reader will gain a better understanding of clinical Doppler ultrasound in a way that should improve technical and diagnostic skills. This textbook represents a substantial addition when compared to its peers.