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Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging 5th edition [Hardcover]

Fred A. Mettler Jr. MD MPH , Milton J. Guiberteau MD
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December 7, 2005 0721602010 978-0721602011 5
Through four editions, this resource has established itself as the best introduction to nuclear imaging techniques. It is practical, yet comprehensive, covering physics, instrumentation, quality control, and legal requirements. The 5th Edition features a new color format, with many user-friendly features such as "Pearls and Pitfalls." More than 600 pictures in digital-quality resolution depict imaging of each body system. A series of Unknown Case Sets, with answers, help test your knowledge.
  • Includes helpful appendices including Injection Techniques, Pediatric Dosages, Non-radioactive Pharmaceuticals, and many more.
  • Presents important "Pearls and Pitfalls" in each chapter.
  • Features a new full-color format making information easy to read and find.
  • Covers new techniques such as PET/CT, cardiac-gated SPECT, and tumor-specific radionuclides.
  • Provides full-chapter coverage of hot topics such as Cerebrovascular System · Cardiovascular System · Conventional Neoplasm Imaging and Radioimmunotherapy · and Positron Emission Tomography Imaging.
  • Includes seven complete Unknown Case Sets for self-testing.

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"Well organized, understandable, and a quick read, this text is an excellent resource... The book is very affordable, especially considering its value in everyday practice."
- Radiology - October 2007

Product Details

  • Series: Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging (Mettler)
  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 5 edition (December 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0721602010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721602011
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 7.5 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #188,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fred A. Mettler, MD, an Elsevier Author, practices diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine in Albuquerque, where he is Chief of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at New Mexico Veterans Health Care System. He is currently the U.S. Representative to the United Nations for Radiation Effects.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Essentials of Nuclear Medicine by Mettler June 19, 2000
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Concise, accurate information and good supporting bibliography. Plenty of illustrations and informative tables. Appendix on recommended protocols is very helpful. Radiation safety guidelines for pregnant females and breastfeeding mothers is essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New edition of classic January 24, 2006
This is a new edition of a classic book. Has new section on PET which is good but not adequate given how much PET is used nowadays. Supplement with PET books like PET/CT: A Case-based Approach by Conti (this may be too expensive for a resident) or PET and PET/CT: A Clinical Guide by Lin (less expensive).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Nuclear Medicine Text for Radiology Residents February 8, 2007
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Encompassing the spectrum of Nuclear Medicine in a concise textbook is an amazing feat. Each chapter is organized well by outlining the various indications, clinical scenarios and pearls for each chapter. Images are clear and annotations are easy to follow. Each chapter is organized by basic physics, instrumentation, artifacts, and quality control, as well as by organ system.

In the Appendix, there are 'Unknown Cases' for Self assessment, as well as common protocols, and other pertinent information that does not clutter the content of each chapter (as what has been done in the Requisites Series).

This is the best text for understanding nuclear medicine for a radiologist. I highly recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Concise. Easy to read. Excellent images. Three simple phrases for an excellent textbook. I was able to easily master and use this textbook on my first month of nuclear medicine and kept it "handy" for its tables and images. The pearls section at the end of each chapter were excellent for directing to truly key points. It is an excellent textbook for the _radiology_ resident and a good introductory textbook for the _nuclear medicine_ resident. A nuclear medicine resident would probably want to get a more detailed and comprehensive textbook. The chapter on PET was a nice addition to this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture says a thousand words July 16, 2004
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This book is the best textbook I've used for Nuclear Medicine images. The students love it and so do I! It is to the point and easy to read concerning practical imaging information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Oh Boy! June 28, 2013
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The content of this book is detailed, technical, scientific, processes and procedures at are used to image the many different parts of the human body, head and appendages.

I want to know why I have yet to receive this book.
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