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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book comprehensively covers the use of ultrasound in obstetrics/gynecology.
Purpose: It details the technical background and clinical utility of ultrasound for obstetric and gynecologic problems. This edition incorporates new advances in 3D/4D technology as well as evidence-based medicine updates. The book sets lofty objectives and does a spectacular job of achieving them.
Audience: The book is written for obstetric/gynecology physicians, although anyone who uses ultrasound would appreciate it. The authors are leaders in the field.
Features: The book is divided into two parts: obstetrics first, gynecology second. Each section could easily be a book on its own. Initial chapters in the obstetrics section present the physics behind ultrasound and the current evidence for its safety. Unlike other books in this area, this one is very easy to read and can be consumed in a leisurely manner. The images are tremendous — all are well done, easy to read and understand, and accompany the text really well. A unique feature is the use of non-ultrasound images to help illustrate teaching points. For example, diagrams of the blood circulation in the fetus are presented before the cardiac images, which is essential to create three-dimensional images in the reader's mind. The use of postnatal pictures adds to the ultrasound pictures, such as showing pathology specimens of placenta percreta next to ultrasound images (chapter 8). In a book full of standout chapters, I will mention chapter 15, on the prenatal diagnosis of cerebrospinal anomalies, which begins by highlighting normal anatomy. Placing the normal anatomy in this chapter — as opposed to an earlier chapter — makes it much easier to compare abnormal to normal when it is encountered. The summary of key points is also excellent. The companion website allows readers to view the textbook online, but more importantly, it has a quiz feature where readers can challenge themselves to diagnose real-time US images.
Assessment: This is a beautiful and comprehensive ultrasound reference. It blends technical acquisition of images with clinical application. There are fantastic sections on genetics and the online companion is very well done. There are many other ultrasound books, but very few can be picked up and read so easily.