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April 25, 1977

Ultrasonography of the Abdomen

JAMA. 1977;237(17):1872-1873. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270440062030

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Ultrasonography requires an intimate knowledge of the methodology before one can accurately interpret scans. Books can only serve to orient the physician toward attaining basic skills or enabling him to more readily comprehend the information given by his consultant. This new text by Hassani admirably fulfills both purposes.

A large segment is devoted to the physical principles, the machinery, and the basic techniques. It is a simple, practical chapter needed before one can turn to the scans themselves. The emphasis lies with B-mode gray-scale techniques, the scans that are currently the most popular. Conventional B-mode is always discussed but plays a minor role. The concepts of A-mode and M-mode are introduced, but the ability to use them cannot be readily obtained except through experience, so they are of necessity de-emphasized.

The remainder of the text is divided by body regions. Chapters are devoted to hepatic sonography (liver, gallbladder, and biliary