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Digital Image Processing for Medical Applications Hardcover – May 11, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0521860857 ISBN-10: 0521860857 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 459 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 11, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521860857
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521860857
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #728,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Digital Image Processing succeeds in being an accessible but rigorous first course in the generation and manipulation of medical images. Dougherty moves seamlessly between gamma rays, radiation doses, picture archiving strategies, Boolean logic, Fourier transforms, and applications like mammography and angiography. The chief strengths of Digital Image Processing are its clear and well-considered organization, its accessibility to a variety of audiences, and its applicability to an array of imaging modalities and techniques.The book also has wonderful illustrations, particularly of how to enhance images in the spatial and frequency domains."
David R. Okada & Ron Blankstein, Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

"The author states that this book is intended for biomedical engineers, computer scientists, radiological scientists, and physicists. It is my opinion that the quality of this book extends that list to medical physicists, digital artists, digital animators, and art restoration professionals. It also would be appropriate for graduate students in these disciplines who have an interest in the mathematical and computer-based manipulation of all types of imaging.... This book is well written, hangs together as a complete work, is coherent, easy to read, and makes good on its claims set forth in the preface and introduction.... The examples, illustrations, and chapter constructions are outstanding. The two middle sections of the book are its forte, and the index is useful and complete. This book is a must for anyone going into image processing -- period."
William Davros, Medical Physics

"Dougherty writes clearly, and the text provides many useful, understandable illustrations, several in color."
S.L. Tanimoto, CHOICE

"Digital image processing is a vast field. Even applications in medical imaging cover a very wide spectrum of activities. These can range from simple calculations of image profiles to complex CT reconstruction. Geoff Dougherty's book manages to condense the enormous digital image processing toolbox to a level that is ideal for someone with background in medical imaging wishing to explore this field. Getting the level correct is always difficult, but Professor Dougherty's vast teaching experience is clearly evident throughout the book. Relatively simple mathematics is used, but only where necessary. A particularly attractive aspect of the book are the computer-based activities in each chapter which give the reader 'hands-on' image processing experience. It is also an ideal starter textbook for a scientist proposing to specialise in medical image processing; the bibliography is impressive and up to date. It's the book I'd like to have read starting out in medical image processing some twenty-five years ago!"
Patrick Kenny, Chief Physicist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin

Book Description

This practical book for advanced undergraduates and graduate students explains the concepts and the effective use of image processing tools for medical applications. Real medical images and hands-on activities are used to develop the reader's skill and confidence. All images, public-domain software and solutions available from

More About the Author

Geoff Dougherty has been teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in image processing and pattern recognition for more than 25 years. He pursues research in medical imaging, including work on bone quality markers for the onset of osteoporosis and tortuosity metrics for retinal blood vessels. He received a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship in 2009, and undertook research at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

The motivation for writing his first book, Digital Image Processing, was to produce a user-friendly book with practical applications and only the necessary mathematics. Just the sort of text he wished had been available to him twenty years ago. He is very pleased to hear that the book is being translated into Korean, and has been made available as a softback for the South Asia market.

His second book, Medical Image Processing, is an authoritative resource and self-study guide explaining sophisticated techniques of quantitative image analysis for medical applications.

His third book, the widely anticipated Pattern Recognition and Classification: An Introduction, was published in November 2012, and has already made an impact as a gentle, intuitive introduction to an oftentimes over-complicated field.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa Bremner on August 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enought to recieve a first draft of this book for my class with Dr. Dougherty. He is an amazing individual & a captivating professor. At the tiem I didn't appreciate this book as much as one should, however since I have just completed Ultrasound School at Loma Linda University, It has been a wonderful reference material when it comes to the "physics" of ultrasound. It was truly something to be taught the book from the author, and to now see he has written a new one, is fantastic, I cannot wait to add it to my collection. This is a must buy for anyone wantint to know the "how" or "why" medical imaging works!
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