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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Paula J. Woodward, MD (University of Utah School of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of this two-volume comprehensive textbook on principles, imaging, and diagnosis by sonography. The first edition was released at the RSNA in 1991.
Purpose: The technology, imaging accuracy, and potential applications of ultrasound have changed dramatically in the last six years. The purpose of this book is to build on the framework of the first edition and include the latest state-of-the-art concepts including color and power Doppler, hysterosonography, laparoscopic sonography, and ultrasound guided interventional procedures.
Audience: This book can serve as a reference for practicing radiologists. In addition its organization and excellent illustrations make it particularly good for sonographers and residents just beginning to learn ultrasound.
Features: There are many excellent line drawings included within each chapter which complement the text. The ultrasounds are all of the highest quality and present the pathology well. New in this edition are colored enhanced boxes which highlight important monographic findings or differential diagnoses. Key terms and concepts are in bold face facilitating rapid referencing.
Assessment: The first edition of this book is one of the most commonly used textbooks in the field of ultrasound. This new edition is approximately 25 percent larger with marked expansion in obstetrics and gynecology. The majority of the images have been updated from the prior edition to reflect state-of-the-art techniques. The organizational changes have made it even easier to use as a reference text. This represents a significant improvement in what was already one of the most comprehensive reference books available on diagnostic ultrasound.