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October 8, 1982

Ultrasonography of Digestive Diseases

JAMA. 1982;248(14):1763-1764. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330140071050

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The accumulation of years of experience and many interesting cases are presented in this survey of ultrasonography of the liver, biliary system, and pancreas. An introductory section of 70 pages deals with basic principles of ultrasonography and reviews the sonographic appearance of the pertinent anatomy. Thereafter follow sections on the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas. The author also includes a 35-page section on the spleen and concludes with four pages of practical advice dealing with diagnostic policy, selection of an ultrasonic instrument, and practical training.

In a text of this type, illustrations are of paramount importance, and the author presents a total of 1,821. Most of these have been made with grayscale static contact scanners (B-scanners) and are thus of reasonably good quality. A few bistable scans and some real-time scans are also included. That the latest and best-quality images are not presented is inevitable, given the rapid advance of