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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Omer Iqbal, MD, FACC, FESC (Loyola University Medical Center)
Description: This valuable reference details concepts of molecular imaging using well-done figures and molecular images.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an authoritative textbook for new investigators, collaborators, and students. Given the multidisciplinary nature of the field which has seen significant advances in chemistry, engineering and biomedical applications, these are worthy objectives. This well-written and well-illustrated book meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: This will be a valuable resource for students, new investigators, collaborators, radiologists, and others interested in the field of molecular imaging.
Features: Following an introductory chapter on general principles, the book is divided into six parts. Part I summarizes the different macro-, meso-, and microscopic imaging technologies currently available. Part II reviews chemical approaches to imaging probe designs for different types of imaging technologies and includes chapters on nanomaterials and signal amplification technologies. Part III covers molecular imaging in cell and molecular biology and part IV is deals with the broad applications of molecular imaging in oncology, cardiovascular, CNS and autoimmune/immunology. Part V covers molecular imaging in drug evaluation and part VI reviews computation, bioinformatics, and modeling.
Assessment: With over 160 experts authoring 76 chapters, this is the most authoritative and effective reference in the field. This book will be a valuable resource for those interested in this dynamic field of molecular imaging.