Principles of Medical Imaging

Principles of Medical Imaging

1st Edition - August 27, 1992

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  • Authors: K. Shung, Michael Smith, Benjamin Tsui
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323139939

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Since the early 1960's, the field of medical imaging has experienced explosive growth due to the development of three new imaging modalities-radionuclide imaging, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging. Along with X-ray, they are among the most important clinical diagnostic tools in medicine today. Additionally, the digital revolution has played a major role in this growth, with advances in computer and digital technology and in electronics making fast data acquisition and mass data storage possible. This text provides an introduction to the physics and instrumentation of the four most often used medical imaging techniques. Each chapter includes a discussion of recent technological developments and the biological effects of the imaging modality. End-of-chapter problem sets, lists of relevant references, and suggested further reading are presented for each technique.

Key Features

  • X-ray imaging, including CT and digital radiography
  • Radionuclide imaging, including SPECT and PET
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Magnetic resonance imaging


Students in courses of medical and diagnostic imaging

Table of Contents

  • X-Ray:
    Fundamentals of X-ray.
    Generation and Detection of X-rays.
    X-ray Diagnostic Methods.
    Recent Developments.
    X-ray Image Characteristics.
    Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation.
    Fundamentals of Acoustic Propagation.
    Generation and Detection of Ultrasound.
    Ultrasonic Diagnostic Methods.
    New Developments.
    Image Characteristics.
    Biological Effects of Ultrasound.
    Radionuclide Imaging:
    Fundamentals of Radioactivity.
    Generation and Detection of Nuclear Emission.
    Diagnostic Methods Using Radiation Detector Probes.
    Radionuclide Imaging Systems.
    New Radionuclide Imaging Methods.
    Characteristics of Radionuclide Images.
    Internal Radiation Dosimetry and Biological Effects.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging:
    Fundamentals of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.
    Generation and Detection of NMR Signal.
    Imaging Methods.
    In vivo NMR Spectroscopy.
    Characteristics of Magnetic Resonance Images.
    Biological Effects of Magnetic Fields.
    Chapter References.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 289
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1992
  • Published: August 27, 1992
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780323139939

About the Authors

K. Shung

Affiliations and Expertise

Pennsylvania State University, University Park, U.S.A.

Michael Smith

Affiliations and Expertise

Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Pennsylvania State University, Hershey, U.S.A.

Benjamin Tsui

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, U.S.A.

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