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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: E. Russell Ritenour, PhD (University of Minnesota School of Medicine)
Description: This book would help junior-senior level undergraduate engineers understand medical imaging. It builds upon math and physics knowledge that they would have at that point to explain physical aspects of image acquisition as well as introductory image processing.
Purpose: According to the preface, the book is is intended to show how principles of mathematics, physics, and engineering are used in biomedical imaging. These are worthy objectives. It is my experience that even biomedical engineering academic programs are usually weak in imaging instruction. The book meets the stated objectives.
Audience: It is written for junior-to-senior level undergraduate engineers. The author has published in the field and has received recognition for his work..
Features: The first four chapters cover the principles behind and the factors that affect performance and safety of the different types of medical imaging. Material that is common to all images, such as spatial resolution and frequency space analysis, is presented in the fifth chapter. The appendixes deal with complex mathematical topics such as the Fourier transform and back projection. The book's best feature is that it uses a reasonably high level of mathematical explanation at the same time that it is an introduction to this particular topic.
Assessment: This book fills a particular niche in that it is as mathematically sophisticated as upper level undergrad engineering students would need, but still is introductory in the sense that it is assumed that they have no knowledge of the imaging principles or types of imaging used in medicine. It does a particularly good job of covering not only basic imaging, but some of the latest technological developments in the field. It is more mathematically rigorous than a book meant for physicians, such as Hendee and Ritenour's Medical Imaging Physics, 4th edition (John Wiley and Sons, 2002). However, it is not as mathematically rigorous as Hobbie's Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, 3rd edition (Springer-Verlag, 1997). The book by Hobbie is appropriate for physics majors, but would be less satisfying to engineering students.