Geleitwort zur 1. Auflage von Prof. Vincent Chan

The appearance of the first edition of this German textbook “Ultrasonography in Anesthesiology” written by Drs. Wolf Armbruster, Rüdiger Eichholz and Thomas Notheisen is a long and eagerly awaited resource text that covers ultrasound guidance for regional anesthesia, vascular access and lung imaging. This is quite a unique and extraordinary accomplishment and as this book now shows, such a sense of anticipation has been amply justified.

This illustrative 300 page textbook contains 5 main sections. The first chapter on basic principlesand needle navigation contains clinically relevant materials on ultrasound physics, equipment, machine knobology and functions and scanning and needling techniques. Each of the next three chapters – vascular access, nerve blocks and diagnostic lung imaging – contains a brief account of relevant clinical anatomy and sonoanatomy, patient and probe position, and indications and contraindications before divulging the technical intricacy and challenges of the ultrasound procedure. This book is full of coloured anatomical and photographic illustrations that accompany ultrasonographic images giving the readers a full appreciation and understanding of the ultrasound guided interventions and diagnostic lung imaging described in each chapter.

But this reference resource is not simply another ultrasound text on regional anesthesia. It is evident from start that thorough in-depth preparation and careful organization have been invested in each chapter. Most important of all, the work by Drs. Wolf Armbruster, Rüdiger Eichholz and Thomas Notheisen has fulfilled an unmet educational need of anesthesia colleagues who provide anesthetic care and patient management both inside and outside the operating room. Truly this book containing the authors’ insightful “tips and tricks” and
clinically pertinent advice will improve our success of ultrasound guided nerve blocks and vascular access procedures as well as our understanding of diagnostic lung imaging for respiratory distress syndromes. This is the remarkable distinction this book has from other regional anesthesia text.

The thoroughness, passion for teaching and exceptional presentation style of the authors are evident in every chapter of this book. Like me, I am sure you will take great pleasure in reading this book and be delightfully rewarded.