Orloff LA. Head and Neck Ultrasonography: Essential and Extended Applications. 2nd ed. Plural Publishing; 2017; 544 pp; $299.95
The second edition of Head and Neck Ultrasonography: Essential and Extended Applications is an inclusive and detailed review of office-based and intraoperative ultrasonography. The book caters to a diverse audience, including radiologists, surgeons, and clinicians such as endocrinologists.
This publication is organized into 21 chapters covering a diverse range of topics. The initial chapters outline the history of head and neck ultrasonography, as well as basic US physics and current equipment and techniques, which builds on the knowledge base of the reader. There is also a chapter on healthy head and neck anatomy, which may serve as a good review for some before gaining access to more advanced material.
The diagnostic chapters may be of particular interest to general radiologists, neuroradiologists, and pediatric radiologists. These range from discussions of more common applications, such as thyroid and parathyroid disease, to more specialized knowledge, such as salivary gland and laryngeal ultrasonography.
Chapters on transesophageal and endobronchial ultrasound, as well as interventional ultrasonography, contain text covering anatomy, pathology, and procedural technical aspects that are geared towards a more procedurally inclined audience, including interventional radiologists, otolaryngologists, gastroenterologists, and pulmonologists, as well as endocrinologists who perform office-based diagnostic procedures, such as US-guided FNA.
One distinct characteristic throughout the book is its particular attention to descriptive and pictorial consideration of ultrasonographic technique, which might be of interest to the radiologist who is less experienced in head and neck “hands-on“ scanning.
Image quality is overall robust and representative illustrations are clear, with several containing 2 axes depicting the same finding. A few figures are rendered in lower resolution, likely due to inherent technique or the equipment utilized.
Sonographic dynamic clips are also included on the companion website, providing a …