This book is an up-to-date textbook for biologists and biomedical scientists covering the basics of radioisotope methodology and safety. Radioisotopes are widely used in biological and medical research, particularly in biochemistry. Graduate students and technicians usually learn how to use radioisotopes through short training courses or as part of laboratory courses in biology and biochemistry. This text was written for use in courses on the theoretical aspects of radioisotopic methods or for self-study and reference; it assumes little knowledge of radioactive materials and develops mathematical discussions slowly and clearly. The focus of the book is on the topics listed on the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's license application: principles and practices of radiation protection; radioactivity measurement, standardization and monitoring techniques and instruments; mathematics and calculations basic to the use and measurement of radioactivity; and biological effects of radiation.
"This is an up-to-date textbook for biologists and biomedical students covering . . . radioisotope methodology and safety. It assumes little knowledge of radioactive materials and develops mathematical discussions slowly and clearly." --Recensioni, Instituto Behring S.p.A.
"[It] is an excellent reference for those who are interested in learning the theory of radioisotopic methods in biology and chemistry. The text is clearly organized and well-written. The text is useful for gaining an understanding of the scientific approach to the general theory and use of radionuclides in biological and medical research." --American Journal of Roentgenology
"The clear presentation of fundamental material would make the book a good preclinical text and quality reading for the radiation safety officer. The author claims twenty-five years of experience in teaching introductory courses in radioisotopic methods, and that experience is evident on almost every page." --Clinical Nuclear Medicine
"The book is well written and organized in a logical format. . . . an ample number of high-quality illustrations supplement the text. The clear and detailed presentation of subject matter, along with the use of practical examples and problem sets, provide some elements of a self-study text. I recommend it highly." --Investigative Radiology
". . . the book is good value for money, being well produced and surprisingly readable despite the weight of physics and mathematics." --K.R.F. Elliott, Federation of European Biochemical Societies
"Very comprehensive and up to date LSC applications and methodology."--Richard Tullis, California State University, Hayward.
"Superb up-to-date text!"--Beth Hoskins, PhD, University of Mississippi Medical Center