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April 11, 1977

Abdominal Ultrasound

JAMA. 1977;237(15):1624. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270420092034

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Abdominal Ultrasound is a beautifully illustrated, well-organized approach to sonographic analysis of the abdomen. Its only fault is that it presents the material primarily using conventional B-scans. Gray-scale B-scans have now proved themselves superior in defining lesions, and the current emphasis on their use will probably make this book unappealing to most readers.

The book emphasizes normal anatomy, basic approaches to scanning, and the many pitfalls in interpretation inherent in the method. Its description of sonopathology is excellent and well illustrated. Separate chapters are devoted to the liver, biliary system, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, retroperitoneum, great vessels, gastrointestinal tract, urinary bladder and prostate, female organs, and fluid collections. Many books on the abdomen do not include the female reproductive system. Holm presents a cursory description, but it is sufficient to provide a good introduction.

The chapter on errors and pitfalls and the one on indications for ultrasonic scanning of the abdomen