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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mark T. Madsen, PhD (University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics)
Description: This book provides a recent survey on quantitative techniques in nuclear medicine that includes planar, SPECT and PET imaging. It also provides details on specific applications of these methods especially related to radionuclide treatment planning.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a review of the methods required for quantitative nuclear medicine imaging and therapy. Quantitative nuclear medicine is a very important, sophisticated, and rapidly progressing field and there is a need for a book that combines recent information on physical compensation techniques and multimodality image analysis with current clinical applications. This book does exactly that.
Audience: It is clearly written for image scientists and graduate students interested in radionuclide imaging. The book is technically complete and includes the integral equations required to model the physical imaging processes, tomographic reconstructions, and tracer kinetics. Dr. Zaidi is an expert in this field and he has gathered together an outstanding group of eminent scientists to write about these issues. Dr. Zaidi is not only the editor, but is also author or coauthor of 12 of the 18 chapters. This gives the book a pleasing continuity and accounts for the consistency in presentation and equations.
Features: The book begins with a comprehensive review of the physics and instrumentation used in single photon and PET imaging. The next section covers information that any serious image scientist working in the field needs to know, including image reconstruction techniques, attenuation, scatter and spatial resolution compensation, and tracer kinetic modeling. Image segmentation and the registration of radionuclide volumetric data with other modalities are also covered along with a very useful summary of Monte Carlo and mathematical phantom resources. The final section focuses on clinical and therapeutic applications. Too often PET dominates discussions of quantitative radionuclide imaging at the expense of SPECT, but in this book there is a very nice balance between these two radionuclide imaging modalities. There are 110 illustrations and each chapter has an abundance of relevant and recent references.
Assessment: This is an outstanding book and it certainly belongs in the library of any serious imaging scientist.