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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David A. May, MD (Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University)
Description: This is a review of musculoskeletal ultrasound applications, with emphasis on gamuts. The text is heavily illustrated and provides brief discussion of techniques.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to teach and promote musculoskeletal ultrasound to sonologists. In general, musculoskeletal ultrasound has not gained wide acceptance in clinical practice. It has the potential to complement and replace CT and MRI in many situations, producing savings in cost and patient radiation exposure. The book at least partially meets these goals.
Audience: The stated audience is practicing sonologists and sonographers. Another appropriate audience is radiologists interested in advanced musculoskeletal imaging, particularly musculoskeletal specialists. The contributors are experienced and respected in the field of musculoskeletal ultrasound.
Features: This is a survey of musculoskeletal ultrasound applications presented regionally by joints, and more generally by patient age. There are many excellent ultrasound images. The illustrations are well reproduced and labeled. The text contains clearly discussed, manageable gamuts for clinical and imaging findings. It would benefit from additional illustrations of normal and abnormal conditions; and more detailed review of specific scanning techniques would be helpful. The chapter on pediatric applications emphasizes non-musculoskeletal entities such as thyroglossal duct cyst.
Assessment: This text is a worthy addition to the musculoskeletal ultrasound literature. It will make a significant contribution in the promotion of musculoskeletal ultrasound.