This is a basic, but useful, insight into the workings of Obs and Gynae ultrasound. Focused more heavily on obstetric sonography, this text is a pocket-sized guide to have at hand in a clinical setting but is predominantly an ideal revision text for students or beginner operators wanting to get to grips with probe orientation and scanning techniques.
The obstetrics contents are divided into "How to undertake an obstetric scan" through to early pregnancy, second trimester anomaly scanning, third trimester growth scanning, a small section on the cervix and placenta and finally a quick look at some of the invasive testing undertake in utero. There are quite a few images and diagrams which I found particularly helpful - particularly for demonstrating pathology. This book is however limited in detail. The quality of information surrounding differential diagnosis, linked chromosomal anomalies and any in-depth details about each pathology noted are very limited. Essentially the text mentions a condition, for example diaphragmatic hernia, will state what this is and show an image. The level of information stops there. Equally, only the more common pathologies are mentioned.
The gynaecology section is much shorter, comprising probably one third of the text, and is divided into a "How to Scan" section, a uterus section, a quick look at ovaries and then a small section on infertility and the scanning parameters within this field. Again, the flaws from the obstetrics section are found within this area also in terms of limited depth.
This is a great starting text for beginners and an excellent revision tool for basic anatomy, technique and scanning. This text is not designed for those looking for more information surrounding a set condition, or possible differential diagnosis for each condition. There are a great deal of images within this text, all of which are well labelled and easy to assess yourself. I was particularly impressed with the fetal heart sections which nicely break down the various views required of a sonographer/practitioner.
A good, quick read and an ideal revision tool to have in your pocket.