July 1993

Techniques of Venous Imaging

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By Steven R. Talbot and Mark A. Oliver, 208 pp, with black-and-white and color illus, $79, Pasadena, Calif, Appleton Davies Inc, 1992.

Arch Surg. 1993;128(7):824. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1993.01420190120016

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The title of this book suggests a broad review of the different imaging techniques currently available for the diagnosis of venous disease. However, its content is restricted to the diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Therefore, those looking for a comprehensive volume on all aspects of venous imaging will be disappointed.

The book is well written, clear, and concise, with profuse good-quality and didactic illustrations. The first chapter briefly describes the development of the application of ultrasonography to the diagnosis of DVT, pioneered by one of the authors during the last decade. The next three chapters offer a very brief and oversimplified view of venous anatomy and physiology, risk factors for DVT, and clinical evaluation of the patient with DVT. Several concepts presented as facts are, at best, debatable issues. Among them are the concepts of upper extremity vein stretching as an accepted mechanism of thrombosis and the presence of

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