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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This small manual introduces the physiology and applications of ultrasound for emergency physicians, trauma surgeons, and multidisciplinary intensivists.
Purpose: This concise introduction covers a wide spectrum of diseases and applications.
Audience: Practitioners new to ultrasound and trainees are an appropriate audience for this work, which originates from three authors who are directors of emergency ultrasound programs in major institutions in the United States.
Features: After an introductory review of the physics of ultrasound and available technology, the book details diagnostic approaches with an emphasis on trauma, pregnancy, abdominal aneurysm, and chest disease. A shorter, second group of chapters discusses the use of ultrasound for vascular access, drainage of fluid collections, and joint evaluation. Chapters are clearly written with high quality multicolored line drawings and ultrasound images. Where appropriate, tables highlight key papers and data. Each chapter includes a citation list reflecting primary work dating to within one year of publication. The table of contents not only groups chapters, but also provides subheadings that allow readers rapid access to sample images or to a quick answer to a specific question. A concluding subject index provides adequate access to content.
Assessment: This manual is a quick introduction to an important modality for practitioners. It may also be useful for teaching presentations as it provides key data.