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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book describes recent technical and procedural advances in biomedical imaging and the applications to clinical medicine and biomedical research.
Purpose: The author's intent is to provide a technical review of state-of-the-art biomedical imaging and the clinical and research applications. The technology of imaging is evolving rapidly, and a book that provides a snapshot of this evolution is very helpful. The book meets its intended purpose very well.
Audience: The audience includes practicing physicists, engineers, imaging scientists, and students in these disciplines. The author also identifies physicians as a potential audience, but it would be the rare physician who has the technical background to appreciate this book.
Features: Readers are introduced to state-of-the-art imaging techniques in biomedicine. Topics include image acquisition, representation, visualization, processing, analysis, and modeling. The final chapter provides excellent coverage of selected applications of new imaging technologies. Many superb illustrations accompany the text including several in full color.
Assessment: This book is a sequel to the author's text Three Dimensional Biomedical Imaging: Principles and Practices (VCH Publishers) that was published in 1995. It builds on this earlier text, and is a superb contribution to the field by one of its pioneers. I recommend it highly to every physicist, engineer, and imaging scientist who is seeking a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art imaging systems in clinical medicine and biomedical research.