November 1969

Fundamental Problems in Scanning.

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USA Washington, DC


Edited by Alexander Gottschalk, MD, and Robert N. Beck, BS. Price, $26.75. Pp 390, with 206 figures and 12 tables. Charles C Thomas, Publisher, 301-327 E Lawrence Ave, Springfield, Ill 62703, 1968.

Arch Intern Med. 1969;124(5):642-643. doi:10.1001/archinte.1969.00300210124030

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Alexander Gottschalk and Robert Beck have compiled and edited contributions from 38 prominent men in the radioisotope and x-ray imaging fields. The process of radioisotopic imaging is examined in detail; discussions include capabilities of currently available scanning instruments as well as hypothetical systems. Scanning limitations and possible methods of improvement are presented.

Discussions among the participants are spaced throughout the book and further delineate many of the fundamental issues in nuclear medicine. The leading edge of this rapidly expanding field includes computer techniques and tomographic scanning, and in these areas different points of view are offered. The recurring practical questions of what instrument to buy, what results to expect, collimator choice, and similar problems are considered in detail.

This is a book with appeal limited to the field of nuclear medicine. Everyone working in this area should have it on his reference shelf; anyone who has an interest in radioisotopic

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