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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Oussama Nachar, MD, PhD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This overview of the diagnostic aspects of nuclear cardiology describes state-of-the-art modalities as well as the latest innovations and changes in the field. The book is well organized and comprehensive with abundant illustrations.
Purpose: The authors address all the important aspects of nuclear cardiology with an emphasis on the new technical and clinical developments. At the same time, they demonstrate the current role of nuclear cardiology especially with the addition of new modalities such as SPECT MUGA, PET perfusion imaging, and molecular imaging.
Audience: Because this book covers the entirety of a mature field, it is an excellent reference for nuclear medicine physicians, cardiologists, and radiologists who interpret nuclear cardiology studies in their daily practice. It is also valuable for residents in training.
Features: The authors clearly and comprehensively cover the most important modalities in the field from MPI studies to SPECT/CT and Rb-82 PET perfusion scans. Chapters covering the radiation sciences, such as radiation physics and radiation safety, as well as the chapter on left ventricular remodeling imaging are noteworthy.
Assessment: Nuclear medicine books that cover the technical and clinical aspects of nuclear cardiology are not abundant. The format and the quality of the information presented this book's panel of talented authors render a difficult subject easier to understand. This excellent book will be a great addition to any nuclear medicine physician's library and a precious asset to all the residents and fellows in nuclear medicine, cardiology, and radiology fields who are called to care for patients with cardiovascular disease.