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December 25, 1967

The Physical Aspects of Diagnostic Radiology

JAMA. 1967;202(13):1154. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130260076025

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As the foreword to this book states, there has been, for a long time, a serious need for a book devoted to the physics of diagnostic radiology. The diagnostic radiologist, faced with an increasing welter of complex, new equipment, needs a review of fundamental physical principles to understand and evaluate modern x-ray equipment. The author is particularly fitted for this role since he has been engaged in research in diagnostic radiology for many years and has made important, original contributions in this area. In addition, he has for many years been actively associated with a busy clinical department of radiology and is thus intimately acquainted with the problems facing clinical radiologists.

After a brief classification and definition of physical manifestations, the author discusses the origin and nature of x-rays and their interaction with matter; x-ray tubes and generators are described with clarity.

The production, recording, and modification of the x-ray