The Safe Use of Ultrasound in Medical Diagnosis
The British Institute of Radiology (BIR), in conjunction with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS), and the European Federation of Societies for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology (EFSUMB), is making 'The Safe Use of Ultrasound in Medical Diagnosis' freely available for download.
This book, now in its third edition, is written for the practitioner and covers basic concepts important to the safe use of ultrasound and directs readers to extensive literature on the topic. It is edited by Dr Gail ter Haar, who is currently chair of both the British and European committees for medical ultrasound safety, and team leader in the division of radiotherapy and imaging at the Institute of Cancer Research, London.
Adam Shaw, a Principal Research Scientist in NPL's Acoustics Group, is a member of the BMUS Safety Group and lead author of the chapter on 'The acoustic output of diagnostic ultrasound scanners'.
Sonographers and other practitioners increasingly need to be knowledgeable about the safety of a diagnostic ultrasound scan, as the onus has now shifted from the manufacturers to the person performing the scan.
President of the BIR, Professor Andrew Jones, said:
"We hope practitioners in every hospital take advantage of this opportunity to update their skills online and without charge. As our new strategy gains pace we hope this first online eBook heralds a new vision in BIR publishing."
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