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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marcum D. Martz, B.S., CHP (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a complete, although somewhat compact, guide to virtually every aspect of radiation protection in healthcare, written for the international professional. It provides readers with a summary of the key issues on a broad range of health physics issues, with excellent references to guide users to more in-depth coverage.
Purpose: Written to provide a practical reference manual to radiation protection in healthcare, covering all aspects from basic physics to the current uses of radioactive materials and machine-produced radiation. This is the first book of its kind, and should become the standard for medical health physics practice.
Audience: The authors intend the book for medical physicists and other professionals who work with radiation or in radiation protection. The book assumes some knowledge of radiation physics and serves as a reference for areas within radiation protection practice that such a professional may not have detailed knowledge of. The scope of the book is complete for the broad range of healthcare radiation utilizations.
Features: The book covers basic radiation physics, protection philosophy, including an excellent guide of regulatory framework, utilization of radiation in healthcare and the protection needs for each, and a guide to non-ionizing radiation as well. The strength of this book is the completeness of the coverage of topics, as well as the reference guide and a list of abbreviations commonly used in the field.
Assessment: This is an excellent encyclopedic guide to radiation protection in healthcare, particularly useful to the practitioner anticipating new technologies. There is no comparable book in print.