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From The CriticsReviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This book is a broad overview of three-dimensional biomedical imaging. It assumes that the reader has little background in the science of imaging, and proceeds to provide a thorough and comprehensive analysis of three-dimensional imaging applied to biological systems, particularly the human body.
Purpose: The intent is to present and describe three-dimensional biomedical imaging, and the philosophy, paradigm for scientific investigation, and environment required for three-dimensional imaging to contribute meaningfully to medical imaging practice. This objective is highly worthwhile, and is accomplished more completely in this book than in any other book on biomedical imaging on the market today.
Audience: The book is written principally for scientists and graduate students interested in the principles of biomedical imaging and their applications to specific imaging challenges. It also will be of interest to physicians interested in the three-dimensional visualization of biomedical tissues. The author is a widely known and highly respected medical physicist at the Mayo Clinic.
Features: This book is about imaging, and as might be expected, the quality of the illustrations, including clinical images, is superb. The illustrations are an essential feature of the book. The text is relatively nonmathematical and is written to be intelligible to the non-expert. The references are limited in number, but are up-to-date. The index is marginally adequate at best. The book has a paper cover, is attractive in appearance, and is logically and thoughtfully organized.
Assessment: This book is an excellent contribution to the field of biomedical imaging, and will be useful particularly to scientists working in imaging, image reconstruction and processing, and image display and analysis. It will also be of interest to some scientists and physicians using three-dimensional images in research and clinical medicine. Its usefulness as a text for graduate students may be restricted somewhat by its lack of mathematical detail concerning image transform and reconstruction algorithms. The book will be a useful addition not only to institutional libraries, but also to those of scientists and physicians developing and interpreting three-dimensional images in research and clinical medicine.