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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Timir Paul, MD, PhD, MPH (East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine)
Description: An organized approach to define cardiac anatomy has been adopted in this multiauthored reference on fetal echocardiography.
Purpose: The purpose is to describe and illustrate the steps in fetal scanning, such as how to obtain standard and different cardiac views, how to recognize the normal cardiac structures, how to distinguish and describe the abnormal, and how to reach a diagnosis. The other objective is to demonstrate the implications and outcomes of a particular diagnosis.
Audience: The intended audience includes neonatal and general pediatricians, pediatric cardiologists, neonatal/pediatric echocardiographers, and physicians in training specializing in neonatal or pediatric cardiology.
Features: The numerous illustrations, figures, and pictures are easy to understand and concepts are clearly detailed. The images of anatomy specimens are very helpful in correlating and understanding the corresponding echocardiography findings. The book illustrates examples of abnormalities and day-to-day cases as well as rare pathology. Indications and pitfalls of early fetal echocardiography, counseling, and outcome of individual cardiac malformation all help in understanding the basic concepts in relation to clinical decision making. Separate chapters detail standard views and how they manifest abnormalities, and the final chapter on outcome explores the implications of a defect.
Assessment: This excellent book helps novices increase their understanding and experienced practitioners enhance their knowledge. It will be a valuable resource for neonatal and general pediatricians, pediatric cardiologists, neonatal/pediatric echocardiographers, and physicians in training specializing in neonatal or pediatric cardiology.