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From The CriticsReviewer: Janice S Bergersen, Radiologic Technologist(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: In the rapidly changing field of bone densitometry, this is a much-needed update to the 2006 edition. This is a detailed overview of what is pertinent to complement the knowledge base of both experienced bone density technologists and technologists new to this field.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to provide a broad knowledge base in bone densitometry to technologists. The new edition addresses all the changes that have occurred since the previous edition was published. It is not manufacturer specific.
Audience: Radiologic technologists are the primary audience. The authors have many years of experience, which is evident throughout.
Features: "This book covers a wide spectrum of information important to bone density technologists, including the history of this modality, overview of scanners, anatomy, positioning, QC procedures, precision, and radiation safety issues. The chapters on pediatric densitometry, VFA imaging, and body composition are valuable resources that are not readily available anywhere else. New to this edition are chapter 4, which explains the importance of patient positioning, chapter 8, on fracture risk assessment, and chapter 11, which has examples of scanning artifacts on actual scans. The appendixes continue to be a concise compilation of reference data. Included with this book is a CD-ROM which includes a patient questionnaire, a precision calculator companion, and a continuing education review worth 16 continuing education credits upon successful completion. "
Assessment: As the field of bone densitometry scanning continues to evolve, this update is absolutely necessary. Most books in bone density/osteoporosis are written with clinicians in mind, but this one specifically targets technologists. This continues to be the "go to" book for technologists interested in giving their patients the best care possible.