Jump to content


Want to join the discussions?

Sign up for a free membership! 

If you are a member already, log in!

(lost your password? reset it here)

99nicu.org 99nicu.org

Book review : "An Atlas of Neonatal Brain Sonography"


Recommended Posts


An Atlas of Neonatal Brain Sonography 2nd Edition (Clinics in Developmental Medicine No. 182-183)

Paul Govaert & Linda S. De Vries

Publishers: Mac Keith Press 2010

Hardcover t book

Est. Cost $ 498.00

ISBN: 978-1-898683-56-8

Available from Amazon.com

Quintessentially these two highly experienced and well published authors have produced an unparalleled reference book aimed at the practising neonatologist as well as the paediatric radiologist .

This revised edition not only includes improved ultrasonic imaging as a result of technological advancements but also highlights the advantages of using additional acoustic windows for greater visualisation of the neonatal brain. The author’s foresight in combining the sonographic images with the far superior image resolution of Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows the reader a more accurate reflection of the underlying pathology in question. Scattered throughout each chapter is additional diagrams, specimen photographs, schematics and tables to give a well rounded but succinct synopsis of the intended subject discussed

The 419 page atlas depicts over 600 images and has been logically divided into 9 divisions namely , normal anatomy, congenital anomalies, antenatal brain damage, fetopathy, haemorrhage, asphyxia, ischaemic stroke, preterm white matter injury and miscellaneous conditions. Text has been kept to the most essential but with such meticulous detail that each sentence is a pearl of wisdom. Recommenced relevant articles or references sighted within the text conclude each chapter . These references are easily accessible and accurately cross referenced.

It is worth taking the time conscientiously absorbing the carefully chosen words and images depicted in the first 10 chapters (Page 1-35) as well as one or two of the recommended references as it will stand you in good stead for the forthcoming chapters.

I would highly recommend this atlas accompany the clinician during any cranial ultrasound examination of the newborn as the overall layout allows for quick referencing and can only improve the quality of the examination.

Finally, while searching Amazon.com for the estimated cost of the book I noticed the cover page shown matches the aforementioned book but when scanning within Amazon switches to the previous edition of the book which does not really do justice to the latest edition

Ricky Dippenaar

Head of Neonatal services

N1 City & Blaauwberg Netcare Private Hospitals

Cape Town

South Africa

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...