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Abdominal, An Issue of Ultrasound Clinics - Leslie Scoutt

Abdominal, An Issue of Ultrasound Clinics - Leslie Scoutt

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01/27/2013

 
Preface
Leslie M. Scoutt, MD
Guest Editor 
Leslie M. Scoutt, MD
Section of UltrasoundDepartment of Diagnostic Radiology Yale University School of Medicine 333 Cedar Street, New Haven, CT 06520, USAE-mail address:
leslie.scoutt@yale.edu This issue of the
Ultrasound Clinics
is dedicated toultrasound imaging of the abdomen. Abdominalultrasound is often the first-line imaging modality used to evaluate the kidneys, liver, gallbladder,pancreas,spleen,abdominalaorta,andotherblood vessels in the abdomen, and as such can beextremely helpful in diagnosing a variety of conditions, including abdominal aortic aneurysms,gallstones, acute cholecystitis, renal calculi, com-plications of acute pancreatitis, and appendicitis.Hence, abdominal ultrasound plays an extremely important role in the work-up of the patienpresenting with acute abdominal pain. Doppleultrasound evaluation of the abdomen is alsoimportant in evaluation of potential organ trans-plantrecipientsaswellastoassessforpostoperativecomplications in organ transplant. Doppler ultra-sound of the abdominal vessels is frequently usedto diagnose arterial stenoses and arterial or venousthrombosis in patients suspected of portal or hepatic vein thrombosis, mesenteric ischemia, or renal artery stenosis. In manycases, the appropriateuseofabdominal ultrasound imagingcan avoid thenecessity of performing more invasive and costly procedures. We took great care to assemble a groupof leading radiologists to provide up-to-date and clinically relevant information about a wide spectrum of abdominal disease entities. For example, we discussabdominal aortic aneurysms and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recent approval for a one-time AAA screening for men betweenthe agesof 65 and 75.Our hope is that the discussions of techniquesand concepts in abdominal ultrasound imaginpresented in this issue will benefit readers who arenew to the practice of ultrasound as wellas imaging specialists and clinicians. We would like to heafromourreaderswithsuggestionsorcommentsandrequests for future topics. This is our second year of publication, and as our popularity and readershipgrows, our goal will be to continue to provideeasily comprehensible, clinically relevant information for our readers to enhance their practice of radiology.I am honored to be the Guest Editor of this issueof the
Ultrasound Clinics
. I wish to express m
U LT R A S O U N DC L I N I C S
Ultrasound Clin 2 (2007) xi–xii
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1556-858X/07/$ – see front matter
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2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. doi:10.1016/j.cult.2007.08.003
 
sincerethanks to Lisa M. Hribko, myadministrativeassistant, for her assistance in helping me tocomplete this issue on schedule. I would also liketo thank Dr. Vikram Dogra for his support andinsightful suggestions as well as all the authors for their excellent contributions. Finally, I am extreme-ly grateful to Barton Dudlick at Elsevier for hisadministrative and editorial assistance.
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