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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Douglas Erik Elliott, M.D.(University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: Arranged anatomically, this atlas succinctly highlights the normal, variant, and pathologic sonographic features of the cervical vasculature.
Purpose: According to its authors, the purpose is to serve as a teaching and reference guide to extracranial neurosonography. Not limited to atherosclerotic disease, the objectives are met with the inclusion of the vertebral arterial and internal jugular venous systems, as well as the effect of various cardiac cycles.
Audience: The targeted audience are general practitioners who rely frequently on carotid ultrasound in their patient management. The authors, who are neurologists, bring the reader through the step-by-step process of vascular ultrasound of the neck, beginning with the physical exam.
Features: Beginning with basic normal anatomy and basic sonographic techniques, the book continues with outlining the pathologic processes that can lead to cerebrovascular events. Unique features include the pearls and pitfalls and the question sections, which help the reader keep on task. The images and interspersed color plates correlate well with the text and enhance pattern recognition. Radiologists, however, will notice the lack of correlation with other imaging modalities and the limited technical information.
Assessment: Useful for a wide audience, clinicians with an eye for imaging or those incorporating limited neurosonography in their practice will find this atlas easy to reference. Imaging specialists will not find this text as complete as others currently on their shelves.