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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is a pocket-sized guide to ultrasound use in acute medicine from the perspective of emergency medicine practitioners.
Purpose: The book discusses the capability and limitations of ultrasound, while emphasizing point-of-care applications.
Audience: Emergency medicine and critical care physicians seeking an introduction to this topic are an appropriate audience for a collection of presentations featuring emergency department programs in North America.
Features: After a review of ultrasound physics, the book describes diagnostic studies, including hepatobiliary, trauma, pelvic, testicular, and ocular applications. Ultrasound, which complements specific procedures, is then described in the final third of the book. Procedures include vascular access, thoracentesis, paracentesis, pericardiocentesis, and endotracheal intubation. A final group of chapters describe the approach to the hypotensive patient, chest pain, and abdominal pain. Line drawings and photographs reproduce with excellent quality. Usually a small number of references featuring primary literature dating to within one year of publication or important secondary sources are included with each chapter. A brief table of contents lists chapter names while a highly detailed subject index includes separate citations for figures or illustrations.
Assessment: This is an excellent pocket-sized introduction with outstanding illustrations and key references. It could easily accompany an introductory course in ultrasound for acute medical practitioners.