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Physics in Nuclear Medicine, 3e [Hardcover]

Simon R. Cherry , James Sorenson , Michael Phelps
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July 18, 2003 072168341X 978-0721683416 3
Experts in their fields provide up-to-date, comprehensive information on the physics underlying modern nuclear medicine and imaging using radioactively labeled tracers. They examine every aspect of the field--from basic atomic physics through radioactivity, isotope production, interaction of radiation with matter, radiation detection, and imaging systems. Examples are presented with solutions worked out in step-by-step detail, illustrating important concepts and calculations.
  • Features a brand-new author, Dr. Simon Cherry, who contributes his cutting-edge knowledge in nuclear medicine instrumentation.
  • Presents a new introductory chapter, "What is Nuclear Medicine."
  • Revises and updates all chapters and appendices.
  • Discusses the hottest topics in the field, including isotope production and tracer synthesis · image quality in nuclear medicine · tomographic reconstruction in nuclear medicine · SPECT · PET · computers in nuclear medicine · and more.
  • Explains the analytic equations that describe the physics involved and illustrates them with graphs to make the material accessible to the non-math expert.
  • Provides more advanced mathematics and concepts in appendices.
  • Includes many new illustrations and examples throughout.
  • Reorganizes several chapters, providing a more logical flow of information.

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"This new edition of 'Physics in Nuclear Medicine' is organized well and written clearly. It accomplishes the authors' goal of providing a single volume that serves as both a textbook for radiology residents, scientists, and technologists, and a reference for physicians and scientists in related fields. Overall, the authors have done an excellent job of elucidating the expanding and complex role of physics principles in nuclear medicine." Radiology, March 2005, p. 878

About the Author

Simon R. Cherry, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California - Davis, Davis, California; James A. Sorenson, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Medical Physics, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, Wisconsin; and Michael E. Phelps, PhD, Norton Simon Professor, Chair, Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Chief, Division of Nuclear Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 3 edition (July 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 072168341X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0721683416
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,759 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Standard text" for nuclear medicine physics September 15, 2003
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"Sorenson and Phelps" is now "Cherry, Sorenson and Phelps." It is still the standard text for nuclear medicine physics, covering the topics well for the radiology resident, nuclear medicine resident or fellow, or a beginning medical physicist. While clearly (in my opinion) the best text in its field, I would suggest that the authors give future consideration for a companion CD ROM (as in many new texts) that helps the reader understand some of the more complex topics, and that they give more treatment to quantiative PET scanning (including a "cookbook" on Patlak analysis using either arterial sampling or modified for venous sampling with left ventricular or aortic region of interest measurement with PET/CT). Sadly, little PET/CT information is available, perhaps the "hottest" topic in nuclear medicine.
All in all, though, it is still the standard text in the field. I am glad to see (and own) the latest edition, and highly recommend it for purchase.
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This is one of those books that should be in the
library of every medical and health physicist, radiologist, residents and students. A little dated by now (published in 1986), but it still provides excellent coverage of the basic physics of nuclear medicine which haven't really changed.
Topics covered include radiation, radiation detectors and instrumentation, radionuclide production, dosimetry, Anger cameras and imaging systems, tracer kinetics and radiation safety.
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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best text book November 8, 2007
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I like this text book..It is a great introductory book, very clear explanations, good references...It helped me a lot for my dissertation
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic nuclear medicine textbook January 8, 2007
Simon Cherry has recently updated this venerated classic textbook originally written by Michael Phelps and Jim Sorenson. The revised and expanded book makes a timely contribution to modern imaging. I just used this book as a supplement to a graduate course at San Diego State University on "Physics of Imaging". It is clear, thorough and very well written. Steven Goetsch, Ph.D.
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5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Text BOOK! July 9, 2012
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I really like the way that this book is written. The material is clearly written and easy to follow. Also, the chapter lay-out works well nicely!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good buy! May 1, 2012
By mgreven
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This a great introductory book to Nuclear Medicine Physics which is easy to understand and read with larger print and lots of figures.
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