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From The CriticsReviewer: Janice S Bergersen, Radiologic Technologist(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that provides the technologist a detailed overview of the field of bone densitometry. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a broad base of knowledge of bone densitometry to the technologist. It is not manufacturer specific. This second edition is even more helpful in providing additional and new information concerning osteoporosis and bone densitometry.
Audience: The targeted audience is the technologist. The authors are knowledgeable and have years of combined experience in the field of densitometry.
Features: This book covers a wide spectrum of information. Some highlights are: the history of BMD scanning, different scanning equipment, osteoporosis and therapies, QC procedures, radiation safety issues, interpretation of scans, skeletal anatomy and positioning, computer basics and the importance of precision. Chapter 11, on pediatric densitometry and chapter 12, on other uses for bone densitometers, are new. These are necessary additions as the field of bone densitometry continues to expand to include these applications. The updated appendixes are a good compilation of reference information important to the field of densitometry. Once again, the chapter on computers is not necessary, as most radiology departments are computerized.
Assessment: This book still fills a void — books written specifically for the technologist. Other bone density books are written primarily for clinicians. This book is a must for all bone density technologists who want to do the best job possible.