Medical Imaging

Medical Imaging

Book - 2010
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A prize-winning medical writer offers an explanation of modern diagnostic medical imaging technologies—and the issues that result from their use and misuse.


• Various charts and illustrations show medical imaging modalities, Medicare medical imaging costs, distribution of imaging costs, physicians' fees by modality, nuclear imaging probes, and medical imaging physics

• A glossary defines key terms necessary to understanding medical imaging technology such as "positron," "half-life," and "tomography," as well as acronyms such as "MRI,", "PET," "SPECT," and "CT"

• Presents documents including early popular science articles on X-ray technology and its abuse


A prize-winning medical writer offers an explanation of modern diagnostic medical imaging technologies—and the issues that result from their use and misuse.



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Writing for students and general readers, Levine (aging and molecular and cellular biochemistry, U. of Kentucky at Lexington) details the discovery and development of diagnostic imaging technologies, how they work, and issues involved. Beginning with the discovery of X-rays in 1895, he traces the history of imaging through today's computed tomography, MRI, positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT); considers key controversies such as radiation safety and protection, whole-body scanning for cancer detection, the contribution of these expensive technologies to the rising cost of health care in the US, the unequal distribution of facilities in developing countries, ethical questions, and the 2009 mammography guidelines controversy; and provides related primary source documents. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Santa Barbara, Calif. : Greenwood, c2010
ISBN: 9780313359699
Branch Call Number: REF 616.0754 LEV
Characteristics: xii, 211 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.

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