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Quantitative Ultrasound: Assessment of Osteoporosis and Bone Status

Lin, Eugene MD, Reviewer

Section Editor(s): Berry, Michael T. Ph.D., FACSM, Book Review Editor, Reviewer

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University of Colorado Health Sciences Center

The ratings are divided into five groups, and each group is assigned one to five stars. \ %★★★★★97–100 Exceptional book with nearly flawless execution \ %★★★★90–96 Outstanding book, with minor problems in execution \ %★★★69–89 Very good book, but usually with one or more fairly significant flaws \ %★★47–68 Average book, usually with several flaws (or one major flaw) or significant weakness versus its competition \ %★below 46 Substandard book

Quantitative Ultrasound: Assessment of Osteoporosis and Bone Status Editors: NJEH, Christopher F., PhD (UCSF); HANS, Didier, PhD (UCSF); FUERST, Thomas, PhD (SYNARC, INC); GLUER, Claus-C., PhD (Christian-Albrechts-Universitat Kiel); GENANT, Harry K., MD (UCSF); Bibliographical Data: (ISBN: 1-85317-679-6, Blackwell Science, Inc., 1999, $125.00) 420 pages, hard cover Audiences: Osteoporosis Specialists, Radiologists Subjects: Diagnostic Radiology, Orthopedics, Endocrinology/Metabolic Disease Other Info: The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

DESCRIPTION: This is a comprehensive textbook on the use of quantitative ultrasound (QUS) to assess skeletal status, with a heavy focus on osteoporosis. PURPOSE: While dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) is the primary modality used in osteoporosis studies, QUS has potential for widespread use in this area. The stated purpose of this book is to provide a comprehensive presentation of the use of QUS in osteoporosis. This is the first textbook with this focus, and the editors certainly meet their objective. AUDIENCE: The book is targeted at researchers and clinicians involved in bone-related diseases. However, due to the technical nature of the book and the specialized nature of the subject, it is most suitable as a reference for those clinicians and researchers already involved in QUS. The editors and contributors are authorities in their respective areas. FEATURES: This book is organized into six sections. The first section deals with biomechanics, physics, and statistics. The second is a review of current devices and quality assurance. The third is a review of in vitro studies. The fourth and largest section covers clinical utility. The fifth section consists of short chapters on clinical QUS experience in various areas of the world. The last section is a chapter on future research directions. The strengths of this book are in-depth technical discussions, the evaluation of QUS in relation to DXA, and a comprehensive review of the literature. There is significant overlap between chapters, however. (For example, the WHO criteria for osteoporosis are discussed in multiple chapters.) The book has extensive tables summarizing the literature that are useful for quick reference. ASSESSMENT: This book is primarily a reference that is not easily read due to its technical and numerical emphasis. It likely will not appeal to those with a casual interest in the subject. However, it is an excellent reference work for a limited audience. SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 91 - ****

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