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Book and Media Reviews
October 5, 2011

Clinical PET-CT in Radiology: Integrated Imaging in Oncology

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Clinical Physiology, Nuclear Medicine, and PET, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark (malene.fischer@rh.regionh.dk).

JAMA. 2011;306(13):1491-1492. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.1417

The introduction of commercial positron emission tomography–computed tomography (PET-CT) has greatly affected the care of patients with cancer. Clinical PET-CT in Radiology: Integrated Imaging in Oncology is thus highly relevant as a textbook, aiming to “bring together all aspects of PET-CT relevant to clinical body oncology imaging.” The book is intended for imaging physicians with some knowledge of PET-CT.

All of the chapters are richly illustrated with pictures and drawings to aid understanding and illustrate important points, but a distinct editorial stance in the composition of chapters and the layout of drawings and images is lacking, adding to the impression that this is a collection of independent review articles rather than a coherent whole. Accordingly, the advantage is that each chapter can be read independently. Owners of the first edition (2008) might instead consider the broader Positron Emission Tomography (2010), also edited in part by David Townsend, or the second edition of Principles and Practice of PET and PET/CT, edited by Richard L. Wahl (2009).