Clinical Guide to Sonography - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780323091640, 9780323091657

Clinical Guide to Sonography

2nd Edition

Exercises for Critical Thinking

Authors: Charlotte Henningsen Kathryn Kuntz Diane Youngs
eBook ISBN: 9780323091657
Paperback ISBN: 9780323091640
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 18th July 2013
Page Count: 528

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"I really like the design and clinical focus of this book and believe that it will stimulate critical thinking among its transatlantic target audience" (Hazel Edwards, Senior Sonographer, Lister Hospital, Stevenage)

Organized by clinical problem rather than by body system, Clinical Guide to Sonography enables you to quickly find information related to the symptom being reported by the patient. This unique format covers various pathologies that may be related to a patient's symptoms, and features illustrations and sonograms that demonstrate each pathology. The book is divided into five major sections: abdomen, obstetrics, gynecology, superficial structures, and a miscellaneous section to include pediatric and vascular clinical indications. Each chapter within those sections focuses on a clinical indication, and incorporates background information, a clinical scenario, discussions of pathologies and differential diagnoses, illustrations, sonograms, patient scenarios with multiple choice and case-based questions to ensure you have a solid understanding of the material.

"This book covers a wide range of ultrasound examinations looking at the clinical question first." Reviewed by: Allison Harris, Clinical Co-Ordinator, City University London, Date: Oct 14

"I really like the design and clinical focus of this book and believe that it will stimulate critical thinking among its transatlantic target audience. For UK readers, though, I feel it has less appeal." Reviewed by: RAD Magazine Date: July 2014

Key Features

  • Symptom-based presentation makes it easy for beginning and experienced sonographers to quickly find information related to the patient’s symptom.
  • Summary tables of differential diagnoses and sonographic findings provide you with a brief overview of all chapter material for quick reference.
  • Clinical scenarios at the beginning of each chapter help you learn to apply information to the clinical setting.
  • Case studies and discussion questions give you the opportunity to enhance your critical-thinking skills and measure your comprehension of material.
  • Over 900 ultrasound images correlated to the pathology illustrate what you’ll encounter in the clinical setting.
  • Glossary helps you define important terminology.

Table of Contents

  1. RUQ Pain
  2. Liver Mass
  3. Elevated Liver Function Tests/Diffuse Liver Disease
  4. Epigastric Pain
  5. Hematuria
  6. Rule Out Renal Obstruction/Renal Failure
  7. Cystic vs Solid Mass
  8. Left Upper Quadrant Mass/Rule Out Splenomegaly
  9. Pediatric Mass
  10. Question Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
  11. NEW! Acute RLQ Pain/Rule Out Appendicitis
  12. Neonatal Vomiting/Rule Out Pyloric Stenosis
  13. Retroperitoneal Mass
  14. Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
  15. Localize Intrauterine Device
  16. PID
  17. Infertility
  18. Ovarian Mass
  19. Uncertain Last Menstrual Period/Pregnancy Dating
  20. Size Greater Than Dates
  21. Size Less Than Dates
  22. Bleeding with Pregnancy
  23. Multiple Gestation
  24. Elevated AFP
  25. Genetic Testing
  26. Fetal Anomaly
  27. Abnormal Fetal Echo
  28. Breast Mass
  29. Scrotal Mass/Scrotal Pain
  30. Neck Mass
  31. Elevated PSA
  32. Hip Dysplasia
  33. Premature Birth: Rule Out Germinal Matrix Hemorrhage
  34. NEW! Neonatal Spinal Dimple: Rule Out Tethered Cord
  35. Carotid Artery Disease
  36. Leg Pain/Rule Out DVT
  37. New! Claudication/Peripheral Arterial Disease


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About the Author

Charlotte Henningsen

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair and Professor, Diagnostic Medical Sonography Department, Orlando, FL

Kathryn Kuntz

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Radiology Electronic Curriculum Coordinator Sonography Program Mayo Clinic Adjunct Faculty Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences Orlando, FL President SEAC, Inc Sonography Education & Accreditation Consulting, Inc

Diane Youngs

Affiliations and Expertise

Program Director Mayo School of Health Sciences Sonography Program Assistant Professor of Radiology College of Medicine Rochester, Minnesota


"This text, with contributions from North America and Canada-based authors, is edited by sonographers and its target audience is sonographers and student sonographers. Approximately 500 pages divide into five logical sections: the abdomen; gynaecology; obstetrics; superficial structures; and miscellaneous which includes paediatric and vascular topics.

In the foreword it is described as a ‘real-world reference book for sonographers’, and goes on to explain that it should help improve image quality and therefore assist the interpreting physician. Of course, the process of ultrasound scanning, interpreting and reporting is a bit different here in the UK so can the book still aid critical thinking in UK practitioners?

On the plus side, it has many commendable features. Refreshingly, chapters are organised from a clinical perspective, ie Chapter 1 Right upper quadrant pain and Chapter 5 Haematuria, rather than from a systems approach such as biliary system or urinary tract.

The design of each chapter is consistent thus allowing rapid familiarity and easy navigation. Each starts with a clinical scenario and objectives, followed by informative text and mostly high quality ultrasound images, as well as a few useful MRI and CT correlates.

Diagrams are clear, and frequent use of tables helps focus detail. All chapters end with a summary, an answer to the question posed in the clinical scenario, a few case studies to ponder over and 10 multi-choice test questions. All in all, an excellent format for developing and consolidating knowledge.

For the UK readership, however, some caveats apply. Practitioners must be mindful of language differences such as use of the word abortion rather than miscarriage. Furthermore, guidance on management of several conditions including abdominal aortic aneurysms and obstetric soft markers does not match advice from UK professional organisations. I worry that this may confuse or mislead novices and students.

There are a few irritating typos throughout the book, such as describing tubules in medullary sponge kidneys as ‘ecstatic’, and some of the information seems at quite a superficial level. A glossary is featured at the back but it seems incomplete. For example, ‘adenomyosis’ and ‘exudate’ are listed and defined but ‘adenomyomatosis’ and ‘transudate’ are not. Overall, though, I think inclusion of the 12 page glossary is helpful.

In summary, I really like the design and clinical focus of this book and believe that it will stimulate critical thinking among its transatlantic target audience. For UK readers, though, I feel it has less appeal."

Reviewed by: Hazel Edwards, senior sonographer, Lister Hospital, Stevenage Date: Sept 14