January 1970

Fundamental Problems in Scanning.

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Oak Ridge, Tenn


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

Arch Intern Med. 1970;125(1):182. doi:10.1001/archinte.1970.00310010184035

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The title of this book indicates adequately its subject matter—a rather fundamental approach to concepts and techniques for demonstrating the distribution of radiopharmaceuticals in patients, with emphasis on unsolved problems. The procedures falling within the scope of the book have come to be known under the general heading of "scanning"; this name, adopted when a moving detector was always used, has now come to include also the use of stationary devices ("cameras") which accomplish similar results. The editors based the book upon a symposium held in 1965 but added several of its 31 chapters more recently. The authors represent a large share of the expertise in the United States. Recorded panel discussions included at ten places in the book are a distinct asset.

The focus is heavily on the development of instruments; biological and chemical considerations of radiopharmaceutical agents are covered in one brief but excellent chapter; specific clinical

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