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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Debra J. Biggins, RT (R)(M)(CV)(St. Luke's Medical Center)
Description: The third edition of this book provides a detailed investigation of the multiple photographic and geometric properties and their effects on radiographic quality. Updates from the 1984 second edition include the addition of a new chapter on quality control and emphasis on using the lowest levels of radiation possible.
Purpose: The book serves a dual purpose. The text presents the theories and principles involved in creating a quality radiographic image. The analysis experiments allow the reader to achieve a practical, working knowledge of the equipment and technical factors within a laboratory setting.
Audience: The author targets students enrolled in medical radiography programs as primary readers of this well-researched, versatile text. Practicing radiographers interested in refining their technical skills and producing quality radiographs will find the text beneficial, particularly the emphasis on quality controls.
Features: The analysis of the radiographic quality diagram incorporated on the inside front cover serves as an outline for the first five chapters, which include concise summaries. The simple illustrations and diagrams enhance the text. Although devoid of radiographic images, prompts within the text alert the reader to perform the corresponding learning activity, allowing the learner to produce the radiographs.
Assessment: The inclusion of laboratory experiments and worksheets provides an instructional tool for instructors within formal education programs, technologists responsible for staff development, and self-directed learning by the reader. Perforations allow for easy removal of exercises. Advances in imaging technology and the adoption of new radiation safety standards and practices render the previous edition obsolete. Mandatory continuing education and competency assessment for practicing radiographers makes this book an invaluable reference for radiology department and radiography school libraries.