By: 23 March 2018
Book review: Introduction to Musculoskeletal Ultrasound: Getting Started

Author: Jeffrey A. Strakowski

Publisher: Demos Medical


This is the first truly foundational, introductory text designed to help novice practitioners master the fundamentals of musculoskeletal ultrasound. For the new practitioner who has yet to hold a transducer, Strakowski presents detailed step-by-step instructions for operating the equipment, obtaining good images, and successfully interpreting sonograms. Organised for maximum learning value, the book is packed with high-quality colour images, tables and tips to enhance understanding of proper technique and proficiency in musculoskeletal ultrasound.

This book is a “basic quick-start” manual with an introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound for beginners or novice practitioners. It will cover essential physics of ultrasonic waves, understanding the instrumentation and image optimisation, acquisition and interpretation, scanning techniques, sonographic appearance of common tissues, foreign bodies, masses and artifacts, as well as use during guided procedures.

The final chapter provides recommendations for getting started in practice. Intended as a first step, this clearly presented, highly illustrated quick-start manual will be a welcome introductory tool for anyone looking to attain proficiency in MSK US.

The book is useful for anyone starting out in MSK US. Packed with nearly 300 high-quality images and “Remember” boxes with clinical pearls, it provides clear, concise presentation and will help new practitioners, residents, and medical students take the first steps in using ultrasound in the musculoskeletal clinic with confidence and skill.