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Book and Media Reviews
March 23 2011

Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures in Interventional Pain Management

JAMA. 2011;305(12):1244-1247. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.357

Often, physicians performing ultrasound-guided procedures for acute or chronic pain or for sports- or spine-related degenerative injuries must examine and piece together relevant literature on ultrasonography. In the Atlas of Ultrasound-Guided Procedures in Interventional Pain Management, however, author Samer Narouze advocates for the increased use of ultrasound technology in pain management, and with his team of experts has compiled a comprehensive atlas. In the foreword, Chan states that “No bedside tool ever before has allowed practitioners to visualize needle advancement in real time and observe local anesthetic spread around nerve structures . . . [p]ractitioners will discover the new benefits of this technology, especially for dynamic assessment of musculoskeletal pain conditions and improving accuracy of needle injection for small nerves, soft tissue, tendons, and joints.” Indeed, this definitive text discusses the principles of ultrasound technology and simultaneously provides practical information about how to perform a wide array of injections for pain relief, and in this respect, this atlas is the first of its kind.

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