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3rd Edition

Diagnostic Ultrasound, Third Edition
Physics and Equipment

ISBN 9781138892934
Published May 20, 2019 by CRC Press
399 Pages 76 Color & 224 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This popular text provides a comprehensive, yet accessible, introduction to the physics and technology of medical ultrasound, with high quality ultrasound images and diagrams throughout. Covering all aspects of the field at a level that meetings the requirements of accredited sonography courses, it is ideal for both trainee and qualified healthcare professionals practising ultrasound in a clinical setting. Building on the content of previous editions, this third edition provides the latest guidance relating to ultrasound technology, quality assurance and safety and discusses the latest techniques.

Table of Contents

Preface to the third edition

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition


1. Introduction to B-mode imaging

Kevin Martin

2. Physics

Kevin Martin and Kumar Ramnarine

3. Transducers and beam forming

Tony Whittingham and Kevin Martin

4. B-mode instrumentation

Kevin Martin

5. Properties, limitations and artefacts of B-mode images

Kevin Martin

6. B-mode measurements

Nick Dudley

7. Principles of Doppler ultrasound

Peter R. Hoskins

8. Blood flow

Abigail Thrush

9. Spectral Doppler ultrasound

Abigail Thrush

10. Colour flow

Peter R. Hoskins and Aline Criton

11. Advanced techniques for imaging flow and tissue motion

Peter R. Hoskins and Aline Criton

12. Three-dimensional ultrasound

Peter R. Hoskins and Tom MacGillivray

13. Contrast agents

Carmel Moran and Mairéad Butler

14. Elastography

Peter R. Hoskins

15. Quality assurance

Nick Dudley, Tony Evans, and Peter R. Hoskins

16. Safety of diagnostic ultrasound

Francis Duck

Appendix A: The decibel

Appendix B: Acoustic output parameters and their measurement




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Peter Hoskins is Professor of Medical Physics and Biomechanics at the University of Edinburgh, UK

Kevin Martin is a retired Consultant Clinical Scientist and former Head of the Instrumentation Division, Medical Physics Department, University of Leicester, UK

Abigail Thrush is a Clinical Scientist (Medical Physics), Associate Lecturer at University of Salford and University of Derby and also works in the Imaging Department, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Trust, UK


It’s hard to make physics sexy unless you’re Brian Cox but I reckon the third edition by Hoskins et al is as close as it gets. The book is colourful, affordable and good value. In my opinion, this reliable text will be useful for practitioners studying clinical ultrasound, for individuals delivering course content and, if fitted with an anti-theft device, a handy resource to keep on the bookshelf of all training departments.
Hazel Edwards, senior sonographer at East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust
RAD Magazine, January, 2020