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July 5, 1985

Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine

Author Affiliations

University of Massachusetts Medical School Worcester


edited by Naomi P. Alazraki and Fred S. Mishkin, 191 pp, with illus, $14.50, paper, New York, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;254(1):124. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360010134046

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Principles and Practice of Nuclear Medicine, by Paul J. Early and D. Bruce Sodee, 983 pp, 388 illus, $59.95, St Louis, CV Mosby Co, 1985.  The editors of Fundamentals of Nuclear Medicine had a distinguished panel of contributors to plan the contents of this publication of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Medical students and physicians are its targeted audience.The introductory chapters deal with radiation and dose, radiation effects, imaging of radioactivity, radiopharmaceuticals, and sensitivity-specificity of diagnostic tests.A chapter on the thyroid gland discusses thyroid uptake and the use of images in the diagnosis of disorders. Cardiovascular nuclear medicine is considered in terms of the gated cardiac study, shunt evaluations, thallium Tl 201 imaging of myocardial perfusion (including single photon computed tomography), and myocardial infarct imaging.The chapter on lung scanning provides a minimal amount of information on pulmonary emboli. The coverage of gastrointestinal nuclear medicine is comprehensive, as