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Essential Nuclear Medicine Physics, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-75286-9
216 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Essential Nuclear Medicine Physics provides an excellent introduction to the basic concepts of the daunting area of nuclear physics. Logically structured and clearly written, this is the book of choice for anyone entering the field of nuclear medicine, including nuclear medicine residents and fellows, cardiac nuclear medicine fellows and nuclear medicine technology students. The text is also a handy quick-reference guide for those already working in the field of nuclear physics.

This new edition provides a basic introduction to nuclear physics and the interactions of radiation and matter. The authors also provide comprehensive coverage of instrumentation and imaging, with separate chapters devoted to SPECT, PET, and PET/CT. Discussion of radiation biology, radiation safety and care of victims of radiation accidents completes the text, with an appendix containing the latest NRC rules and regulations.

Essential Nuclear Medicine Physics presents difficult concepts clearly and concisely, defines all terminology for the reader, and facilitates learning through extensive illustrations and self-assessment questions.

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Table of Contents



Contributing author.

1. Basic Nuclear Medicine Physics.

2. Interaction of Radiation with Matter.

3. Formation of Radionuclides.

4. Nonscintillation Detectors.

5. Nonimaging Scintillation Detectors.

6. Imaging Instrumentation.

7. Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT).

8. Positron Emission Tomography (PET).

9. Combined PET/CT Imaging.

10. Quality Control.

11. Radiation Biology.

12. Radiation Dosimetry.

13. Radiation Safety.

14. Management of Nuclear Event Casualties.

Recommended reading.


A. Common Nuclides.

B. Major Dosimetry for common pharmaceuticals.

C. Sample Calculations of the S Value.

D. Guide to nuclear regulatory commission (NRC) publications.



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Author Information

Rachel A. Powsner, MD is an Associate Professor of Radiology at Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts.
She is a Director in the Division of Nuclear Medicine (Department of Radiology)for Boston Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Massachusetts.

Edward R. Powsner, MD:
Former Chief Nuclear Medicine Service, Veterans Administration Hospital, Michigan.
Former Professor and Associate Chairman, Department of Pathology at Michigan State University.
Former Chair, Joint Review Committee for Educational Nuclear Medicine Technology
Former Member, American Board of Nuclear Medicine

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The Wiley Advantage

Covers the basics of nuclear physics and the interactions of radiation and matter

  • Presents difficult concepts clearly and concisely by simplifying complex language and defining new terminology
  • Covers all essential topics including: instrumentation, SPECT, PET and PET/CT imaging, radiation biology, dosimetry, and safety

  • New chapter on management of nuclear event casualties and new appendix with NRC rules and regulations
  • Clarifies concepts with numerous illustrations
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