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Medical Imaging Physics, 4th Edition

Medical Imaging Physics, 4th Edition

William R. Hendee, E. Russell Ritenour

ISBN: 978-0-471-22115-9 April 2003 536 Pages


This comprehensive publication covers all aspects of image formation in modern medical imaging modalities, from radiography, fluoroscopy, and computed tomography, to magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasound.  It addresses the techniques and instrumentation used in the rapidly changing field of medical imaging.  Now in its fourth edition, this text provides the reader with the tools necessary to be comfortable with the physical principles, equipment, and procedures used in diagnostic imaging, as well as appreciate the capabilities and limitations of the technologies.

Preface to the First Edition.


Imaging in Medicine.

Structure of Matter.

Radioactive Decay.

Interactions of Radiation.

Production of X Rays.

Radiation Quantity and Quality.

Interaction of X and y Rays in the Body.

Radiation Detectors for Quantitative Measurement.

Accumulation and Analysis of Nuclear Data.

Computers and Image Networking.

Probability and Statistics.

Instrumentation for Nuclear Imaging.



Computed Tomography.

Influences of Image Quality.

Analytic Description of Image Quality.

Visual Perception.

Ultrasound Waves.

Ultrasound Transducers.

Ultrasound Instrumentation.

Doppler Effect.

Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging;
Instrumentation, Bioeffects, and Site Planning.

Experimental Radiobiology.

Human Radiobiology.

Protection from External Sources of Radiation.

Protection from Internal Sources of Radiation.

Future Developments in Medical Imaging.

Appendix I: Review of Mathematics.

Appendix II: Fourier Transform.

Appendix III: Multiples and Prefixes.

Appendix IV: Masses in Atomic Mass Units for Neutral Atoms of Stable Nuclides and a Few Unstable Nuclides.

Answers to Selected Problems.

“...fulfills the authors goal of providing an up-to-date survey of the physics of medical imaging in a format that will appeal to students and educators alike.  The coverage of topics is sufficiently comprehensive, making it a suitable introductory text for a number of imaging-oriented courses.” (Radiology, January 2004)

"The authors…are...experts...but also seasoned teachers…this is evidenced by the clarity of thought and completeness with which they treat each topic in this comprehensive, easily readable textbook." (IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology, May/ June 2003)

"...provides clear descriptions of difficult concepts while keeping mathematics to a minimum. The examples and problems for students are thought provoking and help solidify an understanding of the material." (Doody's)

" excellent introduction to the physics of medical imaging...Medical Imaging Physics is sure to be a favorite of residents, perhaps supplanting Christensen’s Introduction to the Physics of Diagnostic Radiology as the classic radiology residency physics text." (American Journal of Roentgenology, Vol. 180, No. 4, April 2003)