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Reviewer: 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838557693
  • Publisher: Appleton & Lange
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 461

Table of Contents

On the Structure of the Book
I Introduction 1
1 Sketches of the Imaging Modalities 3
2 An Introduction to Radiography 15
II Scientific Foundation 27
Pt. 1 Energy and Matter 29
3 Motion and Force 29
Appendix 3-1. Keeping Track of How Things Change: A Brief Review of Functions and Graphs 33
4 Electric and Magnetic Fields and Electromagnetic Waves 35
5 Energy 42
6 Atoms and Photons 50
7 The Modern Theory of Matter 58
Pt. 2 Production of X-rays 67
8 Resistors, Transistors, and all that: The Components of an X-ray Tube Circuit 67
9 The Nuts and Bolts of Generators 79
10 X-ray Tubes 85
11 The X-ray Beam 94
Pt. 3 Interaction of X-rays with Matter 103
12 X-ray Interaction Mechanisms 103
13 The Linear and Mass Attenuation Coefficients 107
Appendix 13-1. Some Useful Ideas about Probability 111
14 Dependence of Attenuation on Atomic Number and Photon Energy 113
Appendix 14-1. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions 118
15 Attenuation of the X-ray Beam in the Patient's Body 122
16 Detecting Ionizing Radiation 132
17 Mapping Exposure on Film 138
III Analog X-ray Imaging 145
Pt. 4 The Formation of a Radiographic Image 147
18 Contrast, Resolution, and Noise: Determinants of the Diagnostic Utility of an Image 147
Appendix 18-1. Some Useful Ideas from Statistics 159
19 Screen-Film Radiography I: The Primary X-ray Image 163
20 Screen-Film Radiography II: Scatter Radiation and Grids 170
21 Screen-Film Radiography III: Films and Screens 179
22 Screen-Film Radiography IV: Magnification and Resolution 193
23 Screen-Film Radiography V: Optimal Technique Factors 201
24 The Modulation Transfer Function and Other Measures of Imaging System Capabilities 206
Appendix 24-1. Waves in Time and Space: The Sine Function 216
Pt. 5 Other Analog X-ray Imaging Modalities 219
25 Mammography 219
26 Other Special Screen-Film Techniques 226
27 Fluoroscopy 232
28 Fluoroscopic Television 244
29 Screen-Film and Fluoroscopic Quality Assurance and Radiation Safety 252
Appendix 29-1. An Aside on Purchasing Equipment 261
Pt. 6 Dose, Biologic Effects, and Radiation Protection 263
30 Exposure and Tissue Dose 263
31 Determining the Dose within a Body 271
32 Effects of Ionizing Radiation on Tissue 276
Appendix 32-1. Cell Killing with High Linear Energy Transfer Radiation 280
33 Carcinogenesis and Other Radiation Hazards 282
34 Rems, Risks, and Regs: The Formal Basis for Radiation Protection Standards 291
IV Digital Imaging 297
Pt. 7 Digital X-ray Imaging Modalities 299
35 Digital Representation of an Image, and a Bit about Computers 299
36 Digital Angiography and Radiography 312
37 Computed Tomography I: Creating a Map of CT Numbers 320
38 Computed Tomography II: Hardware and Image Quality 327
Pt. 8 Gamma Ray Imaging 335
39 Nuclear Medicine I: Radiopharmaceuticals 335
Appendix 39-1. The Exponential Decay of Radioneuclide Activity 344
40 Nuclear Medicine II: Imaging 346
Pt. 9 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 361
41 Magnetic Resonance I: The Quantum View of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 361
42 Magnetic Resonance II: The Classical View of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance 370
43 Magnetic Resonance III: Relaxation Times T1 and T2, Pulse Sequences, and Image Contrast 379
44 Magnetic Resonance IV: Imaging 390
Pt. 10 Ultrasound Imaging 407
45 Ultrasound I: Ultrasound in Tissues 407
46 Ultrasound II: Creating the Ultrasound Beam 419
47 Ultrasound III: Imaging 429
Pt. II Computer-Based Image Handling Networks 439
48 PACS, IMACs, and the Totally Digital Department 439
References 443
List of Symbols and Abbreviations 445
Index 447
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