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August 27, 1982

Operative Ultrasonography

Author Affiliations

Louisiana State University Medical Center Shreveport


by Bernard Sigel, 186 pp, 129 illus by Russell K. Pearl, $20, Philadelphia, Lea & Febiger, 1982.

JAMA. 1982;248(8):995. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330080069044

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Initially, I asked myself, Why perform intraoperative ultrasound? Is this just one more diagnostic test to confuse the clinician that will add little to patient care? Although this book discusses principally Dr Sigel's personal experiences with intraoperative ultrasound, he makes a convincing case for its role in selected surgical patients.

The text itself is clearly written and illustrated. The first three chapters of the book are devoted to a description of the basic physics of medical sonography, sonographic instrumentation, and the techniques of ultrasonic examination. These first three chapters supply adequate information for the interested surgeon with little or no experience in ultrasound to acquire and set up the instrumentation necessary to perform intraoperative sonography. Also, sufficient details of the techniques of operative sonographic scanning are given to allow the novice sonographer to begin performing these examinations. The rest of the book is clinically oriented and based on an organ