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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lynne M. Laufenberg, BA (University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital and Clinics)
Description: This is an excellent new book that covers virtually all aspects of CT for technologists and students. It is divided into two sections, the first dedicated to basic technical CT concepts and the second to a variety of common patient exam protocols.
Purpose: It breaks down the very technical aspects of CT into segments that make it easier for nonphysicists to understand. It provides a valuable resource for technologists preparing for the CT certificate exam (new in 1995).
Audience: It is intended for technologists, students, residents, and medical salespeople who desire an understanding of CT at a level that is relevant to their needs. As a CT technologist, the author is a credible authority on the subject. The physicist contributing the chapter on radiation dosimetry successfully explains a complex topic in a straightforward manner.
Features: The book contains many descriptive figures as well as actual CT images (including 3-D reconstruction). The references are current and adequate. The second half of the book details several exam protocols. Also included is a useful glossary.
Assessment: This is a very timely, well constructed teaching text for technologists, radiography and medical students, residents, and others interested in CT imaging. It is a clear and concise resource for a very complex and fascinating medical imaging modality.