Sonography Exam Review: Physics, Abdomen, Obstetrics and Gynecology


  • Susanna Ovel, RDMS, RVT, RT(R), Senior Sonographer and Clinicial Instructor, Radiological Associates of Sacramento, Sacramento, CA

Be confident that you can answer any and all questions on your registry exams correctly when you prepare with this complete review. Mosby’s Comprehensive Review for General Sonography Examinations provides study resources for all three main exams required for general ultrasound practice: physics, abdomen, and ob/gyn. Each chapter is arranged in table and outline format with 50 review questions at the end of the chapter and a mock exam at the end of each section. Access additional mock exams for each subject area on the companion CD or Evolve site. These exams give you experience with timed test taking in an electronic environment that simulates the actual registry exam experience. With this realistic preview of the exam environment and solid review of the material, you’ll be prepared to ace the exams!
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Book information

  • Published: November 2013
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-10046-5


Justin James Kufalk, RDMS, RVT (Froedtert Hospital)

This review book is a chart-based compilation of medical sonography facts.

The purpose is to prepare students for the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) examinations. Exam preparation is probably the number one concern in the ultrasound world when choosing educational materials.

This book is best used as a supplement to other sources. Students probably will find the mock exams to be the most useful. Beyond that, the general layout of the text is in the form of charts (with few pictorials), which can be difficult to study for long periods of time.

The author intends this for students, but it might be better used in an ultrasound department as a quick reference whenever questions arise.

The book covers a broad range of information relevant to sonography, including anatomy, physiology, and pathology. The main focus is on the use of sonography in obstetrics and gynecology, small parts, and the abdomen. The book's greatest strength is pathology and its most useful features are the mock examinations.

However, many books use this format and this is not an innovative book. The entire book is in the form of charts; there are no paragraphs or even sentences, making it difficult to read an entire section. To detract from its effectiveness even further, illustrations and photos are vastly underutilized.

Much of the time the book settles for explaining in words where an anatomical structure lies rather than using a simple picture.

Although there is quality information in this book, it would be difficult to use it for study. Perhaps the problem is that this is an attempt to provide the information for three different registry exams in one place. It may have accomplished this feat, but at the cost of the natural flow that many other books provide. Having passed a few of the registry exams myself, I would prefer using books that are easy to read, rather than books that throw hundreds of facts at the reader.  Understanding Ultrasound Physics, 3rd edition, by Edelman (ESP Publishing, 2005), is easy to read and covers everything one needs to know in order to pass the physics registry. When it comes to the abdominal registry, I found Textbook of Diagnostic Ultrasonography, 6th edition, by Hagen-Ansert (Elsevier, 2006) to be very helpful. In addition to being an easy read, it provides scads of color illustrations.


Weighted Numerical Score: 75 - 3 Stars

Table of Contents

Sonography Principles and Instrumentation

1. Patient Care, Safety and Communication

2. Physics Principles

3. Ultrasound Transducers

4. Pulse Echo Instrumentation

5. Doppler Instrumentation and Hemodynamics

6. Quality Assurance and Quality Control of Equipment

Physics Mock Exam

Abdominal Sonography

7. Liver

8. Biliary System

9. Pancreas

10. Urinary System

11. Spleen

12. Retroperitoneum

13. Abdominal Vasculature

14. Gastrointestinal Tract

15. Superficial Structures, Abdominal Wall and Musculoskeletal

16. Scrotum and Prostate

17. Neck

18. Peritoneum, Non-cardiac Chest and Invasive Procedures

Abdomen Mock Exam

Gynecology and Obstetrics Sonography

19. Pelvic Anatomy

20. Physiology of the Female Pelvis

21. Uterine and Ovarian Pathology

22. Adnexal Pathology and Infertility

23. Assessment of the First Trimester

24. Assessment of the Second Trimester

25. Assessment of the Third Trimester

26. Fetal Abnormalities

27. Complications in Pregnancy

28. Placenta and Umbilical Cord

29. Patient Care, Preparation and Technique

Gyn/OB Mock Exam