Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: William G. Spies, MD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This book is the fourth in a series of introductory textbooks in the radiologic subspecialties. It covers the basic science principles and clinical applications of radionuclide imaging and therapy.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an introduction to the fundamental material needed by radiology residents-in-training and to serve as a concise review for practicing radiologists interested in nuclear medicine. The book nicely fulfills its stated objectives. It will be a direct competitor to another similar textbook already in its third edition from a different publisher.
Audience: The book is targeted to radiology residents-in-training and practicing radiologists, and it is appropriately aimed at its intended audience. The book will likely be used as a reference source for residents beginning their study of nuclear medicine and residents preparing for board examinations. The authors are well respected in the field of nuclear medicine.
Features: The book is attractive, well organized, and contains an appropriate number of good quality, black-and-white illustrations and line drawings. The references are appropriate and sufficiently current, although relatively few in number. A unique feature is the inclusion of a large number of tables summarizing important concepts, provide differential diagnoses, and provide sample protocols for imaging procedures. A number of cutting edge procedures are also included. In addition, there is a "Pearls and Pitfalls" summary chapter, organized in question-and-answer format for review and study.
Assessment: The book is an attractive, well-written, concise textbook of nuclear medicine. It would be a useful addition to departmental libraries and medical school bookstores, and it will no doubt compete with the existing review text by Mettler and Guiberteau published by Saunders, which is currently in its third edition. Each of these excellent books has its relative strengths, with the this one having the advantage of being integrated into an ongoing series of radiologic subspecialty texts. The choice of which book to use will depend on the individual preference of the reader.