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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dimitris N. Mihailidis, PhD (Charleston Radiation Therapy Consultants)
Description: This update of an established, introductory book on the physics of nuclear medicine covers basic principles and technologies in the field and how they apply to clinical practice in a well-structured and easy-to-read format. The author has made an effort to maintain the scope of coverage of the previous edition, with the addition of minor changes.
Purpose: The author successfully addresses the most common aspects of nuclear medicine physics from an educational and practical perspective. The book covers the essential details in a concise manner.
Audience: This an excellent guide for residents in nuclear medicine and nuclear cardiology, nuclear medicine technologists, nuclear pharmacists, and other professionals who need to learn the basic principles. It is primarily directed at meeting the needs of nuclear medicine and nuclear cardiology residents and technologists, since it has been developed through years of teaching in such training programs. For practitioners in the field of nuclear medicine and nuclear medicine imaging, it can serve as a great supplemental resource for when they need to practice problem solving. I would strongly recommend it to any nuclear medicine training program for residents and technologists.
Features: Throughout the 16 chapters, black-and-white graphs and figures illustrate concepts and numerous tables display data and pertinent information that can be used in problem solving. Chapters end with concise summaries of key points and questions. The book begins with the traditional topics of nuclear medicine physics and proceeds to radiopharmaceuticals and their clinical use. The next few chapters cover principles of interaction of radiation with matter and radiation dosimetry. One chapter covers the principles of radiation detection in order to provide the basis for subsequent chapters on in vitro and in vivo radiation detection in nuclear medicine imaging such as probes, rectilinear scanners, scintillation cameras, and emission computed tomography systems. Basic image quality analysis and quality control of these systems are also covered. The book closes with the effects of radiation and risk evaluation as it relates to handling of radionuclides and radiation safety, and provides current rules and regulations associated with nuclear medicine procedures. The appendixes summarize nuclear data of interest in nuclear medicine. Answers to the questions provided in each chapter appear at the end of the book. A limited list of literature for further reading is also available.
Assessment: This book takes a practical approach to the application of nuclear medicine physics that will primarily assist nuclear medicine and cardiology residents and technologists in building their background knowledge and understanding of why and how things happen in the clinical environment. For medical residents in the field, it can serve as a quick review that incorporates all the basic definitions and recent developments in the field. I can recommend this book without hesitation as a teaching tool for introductory nuclear medicine physics in residency and technologist training programs.