Abdominal Ultrasound 
How, Why and When


Jane A. Bates MPhil DMU DCR

Lead Practitioner, Ultrasound Department, St James’s University Hospital, Leeds, UK

Ultrasound continues to be one of the most important diagnostic tools at our disposal. It is used by a wide range of healthcare professionals across many applications. This book is intended as a practical, easily accessible guide to sonographers and those learning and developing in the field of abdominal ultrasound. The most obvious draw-backs of ultrasound diagnosis are the physical lim-itations of sound in tissue and its tremendous dependence upon the skill of the operator. This book seeks to enable the operator to maximize the diagnostic information and to recognize the limi-tations of the scan.
Where possible it presents a wider, more holisticapproach to the patient, including resenting symptoms, complementary imaging procedures and further management options. It is not a com-
prehensive account of all the pathological processes likely to be encountered, but is intended as a
springboard from which practical skills and clinical knowledge can develop further.This book aims to increase the sonographer’s awareness of the contribution of ultrasound within the general clinical picture, and introduce the sonographer to its enormous potential. The author gratefully acknowledges the help and support of the staff of the Ultrasound Department at St James’s University Hospital,


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