This book provides the comprehensive physics information demanded in the clinical practice of diagnostic nuclear medicine. It addresses the clinical requirements of the scientist, physician and technologist by providing an overview of the discipline in four subject areas: radiation; detection and display; clinical procedures; and quality assurances. Topics discussed include radioactivity, radiopharmaceuticals, radiation protection, radiation detection, non-imaging systems, planar, tomographic and coincidence imaging systems, and display, hardcopy and evaluation of images. Each topic starts from a clinical issue and then explores the underlying physical principles to demonstrate the constraints imposed on, and the potential for optimization of, the diagnostic information.
From the reviews:
RAD Magazine, June, 2005:
The material is presented in a very clear and readable manner.
The broad range of material on the topic is dealt with clearly and concisely.
Overall, this book contains a very clear presentation of the 'core of knowledge' required in nuclear medicine.
It admirably fulfils the aims set out by the author and would be an invaluable text for trainees in physics, and radiography and radiology. It would also be an excellent addition to the nuclear medicine department library as it contains a wealth of information that experienced practitioners need to refer to from time to time.
As is customary with books produced by this publisher, the quality of the printing and binding is excellent.
"The aim of this book is to reacquaint practitioners with the fundamental principles of nuclear medicine so that investigative techniques may be optimised. ... presented in a very clear and readable manner. ... Quality control is also highlighted as an important issue. The broad range of material on the topic is dealt with clearly and concisely. ... would be an invaluable text for trainees in physics and radiography and radiology. It would also be an excellent addition to the nuclear medicine department library ... ." (Dr. M Casey, RAD Magazine, June, 2005)
"The book provides in plain terms, the comprehensive physics needed for clinical practice in diagnostic nuclear medicine. It bridge a gap between physicians and basic scientists working within nuclear medicine as a unique community. ... This book is essential for nuclear medicine specialists, residents and health physicists ... . This is a book of very high educational value." (G. L. Lucignani, Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Vol. 49 (3), 2005)