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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward I Bluth, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This atlas-style book presents musculoskeletal applications of ultrasound with MR correlations.
Purpose: The purpose is to further popularize the use of ultrasound compared to MR in musculoskeletal imaging. In this time of cost-conscious healthcare, this is a worthy objective, which this book meets.
Audience: It is intended for sonographers, radiologists, and residents and staff in many specialties including emergency medicine, rheumatology, and orthopedics.
Features: The 13 chapters cover all areas of musculoskeletal imaging including evaluating shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, knees, and hips. They also cover interventional methods for biopsy and treatment. Although a chapter describes imaging of the muscles and soft tissues, they contain a limited number of examples of solid masses and bumps, with only a very short description of the factors used to discriminate these masses. This is a limitation considering how common referrals for these types of masses are.
Assessment: However, this atlas is a needed and useful addition to the literature for those who want to use ultrasound as well as MR in the evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders.