This renowned work is derived from the authors' acclaimed national review course (“Physics of Medical Imaging") at the University of California-Davis for radiology residents. The text is a guide to the fundamental principles of medical imaging physics, radiation protection and radiation biology, with complex topics presented in the clear and concise manner and style for which these authors are known. Coverage includes the production, characteristics and interactions of ionizing radiation used in medical imaging ...
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The Essential Physics of Medical Imaging

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This renowned work is derived from the authors' acclaimed national review course (“Physics of Medical Imaging") at the University of California-Davis for radiology residents. The text is a guide to the fundamental principles of medical imaging physics, radiation protection and radiation biology, with complex topics presented in the clear and concise manner and style for which these authors are known. Coverage includes the production, characteristics and interactions of ionizing radiation used in medical imaging and the imaging modalities in which they are used, including radiography, mammography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography and nuclear medicine. Special attention is paid to optimizing patient dose in each of these modalities. Sections of the book address topics common to all forms of diagnostic imaging, including image quality and medical informatics as well as the non-ionizing medical imaging modalities of MRI and ultrasound.
The basic science important to nuclear imaging, including the nature and production of radioactivity, internal dosimetry and radiation detection and measurement, are presented clearly and concisely. Current concepts in the fields of radiation biology and radiation protection relevant to medical imaging, and a number of helpful appendices complete this comprehensive textbook. The text is enhanced by numerous full color charts, tables, images and superb illustrations that reinforce central concepts. The book is ideal for medical imaging professionals, and teachers and students in medical physics and biomedical engineering. Radiology residents will find this text especially useful in bolstering their understanding of imaging physics and related topics prior to board exams.

This book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Pei-Jan Paul Lin
This is a basic medical imaging physics textbook with a higher than average level of technical description commonly found in this category of books. It is intended to be an aid to those taking the American Board of Radiology Certification Examinations. Although it is intended for radiology residents taking the board examinations, it is quite suitable for graduate students enrolled in graduate medical physics programs. Some of the technical details are more suitable for students in medical physics than for diagnostic radiology residents, and for this reason, it is not designed for general practitioners. There are an ample number of figures to depict basic physical interactions, imaging processes, and operation logic of various imaging equipment. It is a delight to read if you are interested in the details of imaging systems at the same time you want to understand the basic physics to help you pass the board examination. Graduate students in medical physics should be glad to find out that there is a textbook that covers the physics of (most if not all of) the imaging systems that are available on the market today. Summary tables are strategically placed when often confusing yet related technical terms are necessary to describe the inner works of physical concepts. Figures, tables, and photographs are all up-to-date and clearly explained to assist the readers. The authors have pitched in their individual talents in trying to convey the basic principles of medical imaging. It is a ""must have"" on your own radiology bookshelf.
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Reviewer: Mahadevappa Mahesh, MS, PhD (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Description: This is an update of various medical imaging physics topics, including the technological advances that have occurred in past decade since the previous edition was published in 2002. The book is divided into four sections covering basic concepts, diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiation biology and protection and includes a well-developed appendix section and more than 750 colorful illustrations
Purpose: The authors meet the objectives of providing a one-stop resource on medical imaging physics that successfully addresses many of the changes that have occurred in the past 10 years, particularly the advances in computed tomography (multidetector CT), digital radiography, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and informatics. To keep it relevant, they have shortened or deleted some sections (film-screen systems, conventional mammography, etc.) and expanded others (radiation dose, informatics, etc.).
Audience: The primary audience includes radiologists in training and graduate students pursing medical imaging studies. The book would also appeal to a larger audience of medical physicists, scientists, physicians, and graduate students.
Features: The first section touches on the basic concepts of medical imaging and includes an introduction to medical imaging, basic concepts of radiation, and the interaction of radiation with matter and image quality. It also includes an expanded chapter on image informatics. The middle two sections on diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine comprise the main body of the book. The 14 chapters in these sections delve into thorough, detailed discussions of different imaging modalities including radiography, mammography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography, MRI, ultrasound, medical x-ray dosimetry, and nuclear medicine. The final section on radiation biology and radiation protection includes an expanded discussion on radiation dose, which has garnered attention in the public arena, providing perspectives on radiation dose and risks and the overall benefits of medical imaging.
Assessment: The attractive part of this well-written book is its clarity and detail, which will appeal to anyone interested in pursuing medical imaging. The authors are well-known medical physicists who have been teaching the subject to radiology residents for more than 20 years. I highly recommend this book to radiologists in training and to graduate students pursuing medical physics. The color illustrations are an added bonus for teaching programs.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451153941
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 1048
  • File size: 61 MB
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction to Medical Imaging 3
Ch. 2 Radiation and the Atom 17
Ch. 3 Interaction of Radiation with Matter 31
Ch. 4 Computers in Medical Imaging 61
Ch. 5 X-ray Production, X-ray Tubes, and Generators 97
Ch. 6 Screen-Film Radiography 145
Ch. 7 Film Processing 175
Ch. 8 Mammography 191
Ch. 9 Fluoroscopy 231
Ch. 10 Image Quality 255
Ch. 11 Digital Radiography 293
Ch. 12 Adjuncts to Radiology 317
Ch. 13 Computed Tomography 327
Ch. 14 Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 373
Ch. 15 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) 415
Ch. 16 Ultrasound 469
Ch. 17 Computer Networks, PACS, and Teleradiology 555
Ch. 18 Radioactivity and Nuclear Transformation 589
Ch. 19 Radionuclide Production and Radiopharmaceuticals 603
Ch. 20 Radiation Detection and Measurement 627
Ch. 21 Nuclear Imaging - The Scintillation Camera 669
Ch. 22 Nuclear Imaging - Emission Tomography 703
Ch. 23 Radiation Protection 739
Ch. 24 Radiation Dosimetry of the Patient 795
Ch. 25 Radiation Biology 813
App. A Fundamental Principles of Physics 865
App. B Physical Constants, Prefixes, Geometry, Conversion Factors, and Radiologic Data 883
App. C Mass Attenuation Coefficients and Spectra Data Tables 887
App. D Radiopharmaceutical Characteristics and Dosimetry 899
App. E: Internet Resources 913
Subject Index 915
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