Ultrasonography of the Hand in Rheumatology (2018) (PDF) Peter Vince Balint

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Basic Information:

  • Year: 2018
  • Page Number: 154
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 10.55 MB
  • Authors/ Editiors: Peter Vince Balint

Description:

This book is an essential guide for rheumatologists using ultrasound to study musculoskeletal structures and diagnose rheumatic diseases of the hand. A fundamental understanding of anatomy is key to identifying and interpreting pathological findings on imaging. This book provides comprehensive knowledge about both gross anatomy and, more importantly, comparative imaging anatomy, as depicted by ultrasound, X-ray, and MRI of the hand. This foundation enables clinicians to readily identify pathologic findings and thus improve diagnostic skills. The authors also offer step-by-step guidelines for using ultrasound, with comprehensive descriptions about body and transducer position, sonographic terminology, and anatomical landmarks in different planes of the hand. This book is an indispensable reference for rheumatologists and rheumatology residents using musculoskeletal ultrasound in clinical practice.

User’s Review:

“Ultrasonography of the Hand in Rheumatology is a small benchbook by multiple European contributors including rheumatologists, anatomists and radiologists. … While clearly targeted at rheumatologists, this book would be extremely useful to other musculoskeletal practitioners such as sonographers, physiotherapists and radiologists.” (Robert Kent, RAD Magazine, November, 2018)

Ultrasonography of the hand in rheumatology is an excellent resource for scanning the hand and wrist. The sonoanatomy chapter gives a detailed but easy to follow guide to the sonographic views. The anatomical structures are clearly labeled on the ultrasound images and the corresponding probe position is shown on a patient model. The text contains lots of helpful information such as how to optimize imaging, avoid artifacts and use dynamic maneuvers. The sonopathology chapter is my personal favorite (as a rheumatologist). This chapter contains outstanding quality images depicting pathological features of commonly encountered inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathy and crystal disease. In addition to these two chapters the book also contains a concise chapter on clinical examination and a fantastic anatomy chapter with photos of cadaveric cross sections which are very helpful for understanding relationships between different structures for sonographic scanning. Additionally, the book features a chapter on other imaging techniques (X-ray, MRI, CT and PET) highlighting the advantages and disadvantages of each technique compared to ultrasound. This chapter also discussed comparative imaging (fusion) of ultrasound and other imaging data sets. This book is relatively small but is very dense. It is a great resource for rheumatologists (and other practitioners/sonographers imaging the hand and wrist) who want to advance their ultrasound skills and knowledge. My only wish is that it came with online access to the contents. Perhaps the next edition!

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