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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joseph Tashjian, MD (Saint Paul Radiology)
Description: This is the third edition of what is regarded the standard reference for diagnostic ultrasound practice, updated from 1998. It is a comprehensive text encompassing nearly all aspects of ultrasound diagnosis.
Purpose: The purpose is to be the most comprehensive reference for diagnostic ultrasound worldwide. In the seven years since the last edition, diagnostic ultrasound has increased significantly in both scope and quality of examination. This edition has been greatly expanded and improved to meet these advances in ultrasound, including improvements in readability and image quality.
Audience: This book is written for anyone interested in diagnostic ultrasonography as it relates to patient care including, but not limited to, physicians, medical students, and sonographers. The four editors and 100 authors are all experts in the field of ultrasound.
Features: This two-volume book is composed of 62 chapters, 2000 pages, and over 5000 images. The first volume deals with the physics of ultrasound, the thorax, abdomen, pelvis, small parts, vascular and intraoperative ultrasound. The second volume deals with obstetrics, fetal and pediatric sonography. Each chapter is subtitled at the beginning, allowing for quick reference to a particular area of interest. The images, with comparison CT, MR, and accompanying drawings are of excellent quality, significantly increased and improved from the previous edition, with many in color. Tables highlight important points. The section on obstetrical and fetal ultrasound has been particularly expanded. New techniques, including improvements in color and power Doppler, high-resolution transducers, harmonics, and ultrasound contrast agents are well described. The index and reference lists are comprehensive, accurate, and up-to-date.
Assessment: The previous edition was the standard reference in diagnostic ultrasound. This new edition has made a great leap forward, with significant improvements in content, readability, and image quality. It is current, accurate and comprehensive. It is well worth the price for anyone performing or interested in learning ultrasound.