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October 18, 1976

Fundamentals of Abdominal and Pelvic Ultrasonography

Author Affiliations

Presbyterian-St Luke's Hospital Chicago


by George R. Leopold and W. Michael Asher (Saunders Monographs in Clinical Radiology, vol 6), 267 pp, 266 illus, $21.50, Canada $22.15, Philadelphia, Saunders, 1975.

JAMA. 1976;236(16):1894. doi:10.1001/jama.1976.03270170060039

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The discipline of diagnostic ultrasound presents a definite challenge to authors and publishers due to continued growth and refinement in technology, diagnostic detail, and diagnostic criteria. This challenge has been met by a few books published recently. Although the present volume is clearly devoted to those beginning in ultrasonography, the authors presume that the reader has a basic acquaintance with ultrasound physics and delve immediately into techniques of ultrasound scanning. The chapters are organized on an organ by organ basis and deal mainly with normal anatomy, with only the more common pathologic conditions presented. Extremely rare or unusual cases are not used. Although there is a chapter devoted to gray-scale imaging, the bulk of the book is limited by publishing constraints to bistable images of vintage and recent origin.

An extremely valuable section is a series of 12 color illustrations photographed from transverse and sagittal cadaver sections. Each of these