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May 1980

Ultrasound in Pediatrics

Author Affiliations

Department of Radiology Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh 125 DeSoto St Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Am J Dis Child. 1980;134(5):528-529. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1980.02130170078034

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Ultrasound in Pediatrics is an excellent compilation of the application of ultrasound to five areas in pediatrics. It is not encyclopedic or comprehensive in scope, but in being "directed toward the practitioner of general diagnostic ultrasound, to residents and fellows obtaining training in that specialty and to practitioners of pediatric medicine and surgery," it offers a very useful introduction to this diagnostic method.

The volume is edited by Dr Murray Miskin, who also has contributed the introduction and chapter 6, "Gynecologic Ultrasonography." The other four chapters are contributed by individuals with substantial experience in specific areas of sonography application.

The introduction emphasizes the vast potentiality of ultrasound in the assessment of pediatric patients. "Although no ionizing radiation is used in ultrasonography, it is a modality that introduces mechanical energy into the patient's body" (that is, it is "invasive"), but without deleterious effects at the energy levels utilized. Nevertheless, the designation