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February 1971

Ultrasonography in Ophthalmology.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1971;85(2):253-254. doi:10.1001/archopht.1971.00990050255023

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Dr. Vanysek and colleagues, pioneers in European ultrasonography, report their ten-year experience in the field. They also include a general review of the world's literature. The first half of the book explores in great detail the basic physics of ultrasound and discusses the variety of instrument designs. Their basic science section will probably be of greater interest to the biomedical engineer than to the ophthalmologist.

The second half of the monograph, on the other hand, presents many interesting case presentations with in vivo ultrasonograms and enucleated specimens side by side. This portion of the book specifically discusses the normal eye and orbit, retinal detachment, intraocular foreign body, choroidal and retrobulbar tumors, and the measurement of axial length, lens thickness, and anterior chamber depth.

There are certain glaring omissions that should be noted. First of all, the outstanding work of many American authors is not mentioned. Key articles by Bronson, Gotter,

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