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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Blaze W. Cook, MD (University of Colorado Health Sciences Center)
Description: This text is a thorough examination of the essentials of nuclear medicine. The authors have created a reference that is concise enough to be easily accessible, yet deep enough to completely cover the various studies in nuclear medicine.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to update the previous edition (4th) while keeping to essentials and retaining affordability. This edition (5th) continues to be a concise reference for nuclear medicine imaging.
Audience: The text is primarily directed to the resident or practicing physician of nuclear medicine.
Features: The organization of the fifth edition essentially follows the same organization of the fourth edition. The text begins with an introduction to radiopharmaceuticals and their utility in imaging. Detection instrumentation and image construction are also addressed. The book continues by addressing each nuclear medicine study by organ system, concluding with a special chapter dedicated to PET. A final chapter of unknown cases is provided for self-examination.
Assessment: Much of the content of this edition is similar to the fourth edition. In many cases, the provided sample images are identical. The fifth edition is color, and graphs have been colorized. The two major additions to this edition are the chapter and additional content regarding PET and the "self-evaluation" section of unknown cases.