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Basics of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

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  • A comprehensive introduction to musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Includes easy-to-read, uniform chapters
  • Includes a first of its kind chapter on ultrasound in Sports Medicine Emergencies

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Table of contents (18 chapters)


About this book

The field of musculoskeletal ultrasound has rapidly advanced in the past several years. The scanning protocols in particular have become more sophisticated and more standardized. Now in its fully revised and expanded second edition, this volume is the definitive resource on musculoskeletal ultrasound for the beginning practitioner.

A new, first of its kind chapter has been added on ultrasound in Sports Medicine Emergencies. This expands the book topic from using POCUS as an office tool to its use on the athletic field to assist with emergencies. This new and detailed chapter includes the acute evaluation of an eye injury, lung, Morrison's pouch, IV access, fluid status, soft tissue and DVT protocols. Conforming to an identical chapter format, all previous chapters have been expanded and updated. Images have been reformatted to larger, clearer versions in addition to probe placement images going from black and white to full color. 

This book is dividedinto five different sections. It begins with chapters on the upper extremity such as the hand and wrist. The next section focuses on the lower extremity such as the foot and knee. The third section is nerve based and describes brachial plexus and major peripheral nerves. The fourth section covers Sports Medicine POCUS Emergencies. The last section details specific procedures such as I&D of abscess and hydrodissection. 

Each chapter follows a standard structure. They open with an approach to the patient, which contains the main pathology and clinical exam. The surface anatomy and ultrasound-based anatomy are then addressed. A discussion on patient positioning and probe settings follows. Pearls, pitfalls and red flags offer tips and pointers on scanning techniques as well as pathology not to be missed. Finally, each chapter is closed out with a summary report. 

Basics of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, 2e is a must-have reference for residents, fellowship directors, fellows and primary care physicians as well as athletic trainers, physician assistants, physical therapists and ultrasound technicians. It is also an excellent resource for participants of the AMSSM MSK ultrasound courses. 


“This is a really use­ful update of a popular MSK ultra­sound textbook for a wide range of practitioners. The inclusion of information around training and accreditation is welcome and … they provide good insight into these more specialised areas of MSK ultrasound.” (Alison Hall, RAD Magazine, December, 2022)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Departments of Family and Community Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Quincy, USA

    James M. Daniels

  • Sports Medicine and Family Medicine Maine Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine, Portland, USA

    William W. Dexter

About the editors

James M. Daniels, MD, MPH, RMSK

Departments of Family and Community Medicine

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Quincy, Illinois, USA

William W. Dexter, MD, FAMSSM, FACSM

Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Maine Medical Center

Tufts University School of Medicine

Portland, Maine, USA

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Basics of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

  • Editors: James M. Daniels, William W. Dexter

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2021

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-73905-8Published: 10 August 2021

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-73906-5Published: 09 August 2021

  • Edition Number: 2

  • Number of Pages: XII, 286

  • Number of Illustrations: 75 b/w illustrations, 337 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Primary Care Medicine, Rehabilitation Medicine, Sports Medicine, Ultrasound, Orthopedics

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