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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Pei-Jan Paul Lin, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: This is a book written in a classic college-level textbook format with important reference charts, tables of unit conversion, etc., printed on the inside covers. This is a very well thought out and well organized textbook of diagnostic radiologic physics and imaging.
Purpose: This textbook provides the basic and fundamental fund of knowledge on radiation physics, principles of image formation, radiobiologic effect, and radiation safety that a diagnostic radiology resident must have for his or her forthcoming board examination and for practical application in radiology practices. An ample amount of updated information on imaging techniques and technology is included for those who wish to understand the new imaging equipment developed in the past decades.
Audience: Although this textbook is primarily intended for diagnostic radiology residents, it is quite useful for nonradiology physicians to peek into the physics of radiology without requiring prerequisites in mathematical formulation. This book is an excellent sample of textbook for use in the teaching of medical radiation physics for any diagnostic radiology residency program.
Features: High quality illustrations are augmented by their logical placement of associated information such as graphs and schematics to describe the subject matter. The clinical images pertinent to the physics under discussion are crisp and of high quality. Up-to-date technical and basic scientific information is referenced from various reports, monographs, and publications of highly credible societies and organizations, which contributes to the overall quality of this textbook.
Assessment: There are many textbooks covering diagnostic radiologic physics and imaging. This textbook stands out because of its highly logical placement of various chapters with ample amount of illustrations, photos, charts, tables, and graphs. Mathematics is kept to a minimum; yet, where it is necessary, mathematics is successfully simplified for more intuitive understanding of medical radiation physics. This is one of the most ideal textbooks for residents in diagnostic radiology.