Critical Care Ultrasonography by Alexander Levitov, Paul Mayo, Anthony Slonim

By Alexander Levitov, Paul Mayo, Anthony Slonim

A whole, hands-on advisor to winning photo acquisition and interpretation on the bedside

''The actual energy of this textbook is its medical concentration. The editors are to be complimented on holding a constant constitution inside every one bankruptcy, starting with easy actual ideas, sensible “knobology,” scanning guidance, key findings, pitfalls and boundaries, and the way the main findings relate to bedside patho-physiology and decision-making. hence, the authors have succeeded in delivering a reference common to help bedside serious care services to appreciate the context for his or her own sonographically guided decision-making processes.''-- severe Care medication

Written by means of most sensible practitioners within the box, this all-in-one text/DVD package deal is stuffed with sensible tips that is helping you grasp medical ultrasonography in a serious care setting. the following, you’ll examine precisely how one can make the most of diagnostic ultrasound as a part of the actual examination, because the publication examines present proof assisting its use within the significantly sick grownup and child.

Organized through physique process, severe Care Ultrasonography gains self-contained chapters that may be used as person reference publications for a variety of interventions, from transthoracic echocardiography to echocardiagraphic assessment of cardiac trauma. via this in-depth insurance, you’ll get a feeling of ways this crucial know-how helps the cross-disciplinary nature of severe care. The book’s authoritative content material is strengthened all through by means of a full-color presentation and hundreds and hundreds of concept-clarifying illustrations, figures, and images.


  • Comprehensive insurance of the basics of ultrasound use in severe care
  • Guidance on ultrasound systems permits practitioners to exploit ultrasound for vascular and axial tactics, bettering security and making sure that nationally well-known compliance criteria are upheld
  • Cardiac ultrasound chapters assist you verify and video display the patient’s cardiopulmonary prestige non-invasively
  • Chapter on Neck and higher respiration Ultrasound deals an outline of little-known suggestions that experience now not been comprehensively defined in the other resource
  • Full-color presentation, with 495 illustrations that emphasize the fundamental abilities required to imagine anatomic buildings and interpret findings
  • Companion DVD gains videos that hide pediatric serious care, goal-directed echocardiography within the ICU, echocardiographic overview of valve functionality and endocarditis, and more!

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Phased arrays. In phased-array probes, both beam steering and focusing is achieved electronically by sequenceing the PZT crystal activation. Each active element is activated with an approximately 10nanosecond delay in a pattern created by a beam former in the ultrasound machine. Each PZT crystal in the array receives a signal in that predetermined pattern. There is also a similarly spaced delay in signal reception by the ultrasound machine. If the delay pattern is from the left to the right of the array, the beam is steered to the left.

Several other terms need to be introduced in regard to the pulsatile nature of imaging ultrasound. Pulse duration (PD) is the time during which the sound is emitted in each on/off phase. 10). 7). Because the pulse duration is fixed by the transducer, the only variable is an “off” or listening time. 7). 7). Pulse repetition frequency is measured in hertz and usually is 1–10 kHz in imaging ultrasound and will vary depending on the depth of the imaging sample. 7. Summary of pulsed wave parameters Parameter Pulse duration PRP SPL PRF Duty factor Determined by Ultrasound source alone Source/changes with depth of image Source and medium Source/changes with depth of image Source/changes with depth of image Units ␮sec msec.

In some, it is controlled by the operator, but in either case it sets the dynamic range of the image (the shades of gray representing the differences between the brightest and the darkest areas). In many ways it is analogous to the contrast. (A) Image is overcompressed; it has narrow dynamic range with bistable (black and white) appearance, but also a high contrast. (B) Image is undercompressed; it has a wide dynamic range with multiple shades of gray, but the contrast is low. In either case, the image quality is degraded.

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