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Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition

Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition

The first edition was published in 2004 as The Practice of Ultrasound. My goal at that time was to walk the user through the basic principles of upper abdominal ultrasound scanning. I am pleased that this concept is being revived
and that an Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition of the book can now be published. Once again the author recommends keeping the book close at hand during the ultrasound examination.

The closing chapter of this edition serves as a “Sono Consultant.” It has been designed to provide systematic guidance in interpreting suspicious findings and determining how ultrasound can be applied to specific clinical
questions.

Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition
Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition

This Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition book is a self-study guide, designed to enable you to begin scanning a live subject right away, without any prior theoretical knowledge of ultrasonography. Different readers will have different degrees of experience with ultrasound. Therefore the book is structured so that you can access the material at your own level of knowledge and experience. Because the Abdominal Ultrasound: Step by Step 2nd edition book is practice-oriented, less emphasis is placed on physical and technical details, which are basically limited to the following three questions:

  • Who do you examine first when learning ultrasound?
  •  How do you adjust the ultrasound machine?
  • What can you do with the transducer?

After addressing these questions, we will cover the practical aspects of performing an upper abdominal ultrasound examination according to a standardized routine. The protocol for examining the major abdominal organs—
the liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys, spleen, vena cava, and aorta—proceeds from the simple to the more complex:
First, you locate the organ of interest and demonstrate it in its entirety.
Second, you define the organ details.

Third, you evaluate the relations of the organ to surrounding structures.

  • In theory, then, there are two basic strategies for scanning the upper abdomen: Organ-oriented: an organ or structure is identified, scrutinized, and evaluated in relation to surrounding structures.
  • Level-oriented: the abdominal organs are examined as a whole, proceeding in steps. First, all of the abdominal organs are successively located and surveyed. Next the organ details are defined, and finally, the interrelationships of all the organs are evaluated.

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