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October 1971

Radionuclide Applications in Neurology and Neurosurgery.

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Arch Intern Med. 1971;128(4):651. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310220159045

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In all probability, most practicing physicians are familiar with the scintillation brain scan for the detection of intracranial disease. It is equally safe to assume that radionuclide cisternography, radioactive xenon (133Xe) cerebral blood flow, and neutron capture therapy are techniques of which few can claim expertise, yet these procedures are in routine clinical use in a number of hospitals throughout this country. This book deals with the theory and application of these and other radioisotopic methods in neurological disease.

The chapters on diagnostic procedures include sections on pathophysiology, methodology, and clinical application. The portions devoted to therapy include material on interstitial applications, stereotactic implantation, and heavy particle irradiation. Each chapter is written authoritatively in review style, but details (especially mathematical) are rare. The interested reader must of necessity go to the original communications on each subject. Extensive bibliographies follow each chapter.

It would be a mistake to assume that

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