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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ann F Gorman, BS RTR QM(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This excellent introduction or review of physics presents basic physics principles and connects them to imaging production.
Purpose: The purpose is to relate physics principles and imaging practices so radiography interns can become a competent technologists. The book follows the ASRT curriculum and is a great resource for anyone preparing for ARRT boards.
Audience: The book is written by radiographers for radiographers. They relate the theory to practice in a simple and understandable way.
Features: Beginning with the principles of radiation physics, the book explains the production of x-rays, imaging, radiation safety, digital radiography, fluoroscopy, and CT. My favorite features are the "Make the Image Connection," "Critical Concept," and "Theory to Practice" boxes. They simply explain why concepts are important to know and understand. The artful use of diagrams and pictures illustrates difficult concepts. The book limits its subject to radiographic imaging and production, therefore missing the opportunity to discuss other modalities such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging.
Assessment: I am very impressed with how the book explains the relevance of physics to radiology. I plan on using it as a reference for teaching a radiology quality assurance class. One improvement I would like to see in the next edition is a separate bibliography section.