Manual of Diagnostic Ultrasound
Nonserial Publication
Palmer, P.E.S.
World Health Organization
ISBN-13    9789241544610 ISBN-10    9241544619
Order Number    11500393 Format    Paper Back
Price    CHF    65.00 / US$    78.00 Developing countries:    CHF    65.00
English     1995        350   pages
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A didactic, illustrated guide to the use of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool in clinical practice. Prepared by an international group of experts with wide experience in both developed and developing countries, the manual responds to the need for a basic reference text that can help doctors, sonographers, nurses, and midwives solve imaging problems when no experts are available. With this need in mind, the manual adopts a practical approach aimed at providing a thorough grounding in both the techniques of ultrasound and the interpretation of images. The need for extensive supervised training is repeatedly emphasized.
Because the clinical value of ultrasound depends so greatly on the experience and skill of the operator, the manual makes a special effort to alert readers to common pitfalls and errors, and to indicate specific clinical situations where ultrasound may not be helpful or reliable as a diagnostic tool. Explanatory text is supported by numerous practical tips, warnings, checklists and over 600 illustrations.
The opening chapters explain how ultrasound works, outline the factors to consider when choosing a scanner, and introduce the basic rules of scanning, including advice on how to recognize and interpret artefacts. Guidance on the selection of ultrasound equipment includes clear advice concerning where costs can be spared and where investment is essential.
The core of the manual consists of seventeen chapters providing guidance on scanning techniques and the interpretation of images for specific organs and anatomical sites, with the most extensive chapter devoted to obstetrics. Each chapter contains illustrated information on indications for scanning, preparation of the patient, including choice of transducer and setting of the correct gain, general scanning techniques, and specific techniques for identifying anatomical landmarks and recognizing abnormalities. The manual concludes with WHO specifications for a general purpose scanner judged entirely suitable for 90-95% of the most common ultrasound examinations.
"... readable, simply written, and well organized ... (the) high quality images are ideal for less experienced practitioners ... a superb introductory text for radiology residents with no background in sonography and for clinicians who have an interest in the subject."
- American Journal of Roentgenology

"...This book offers a very clear and pedagogical presentation. The text is concise, offering brief and point-by-point educational messages which are most important for each pathology. This work is also well documented and up-to-date. The high quality reproduction of the radiographs, as well as their accurate selection, must be underlined. Several simple and useful line drawings accompany the text throughout the book. In addition to the general table of contents of the book, a specific table of contents is displayed for each chapter and placed at the beginning of each, allowing a practical and quick use of the book.
In conclusion, this work is a richly illustrated, inexpensive and practical radiological teaching book, specifically devoted to Osteo-articular Radiography. In this field, it will be useful for a broad audience, including general practitioners, medical specialists, and radiologists.

- Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy