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Books, Journals, New Media
March 9, 2005

Nuclear Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; Journal Review Editor: Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Virginia Commonwealth University.

JAMA. 2005;293(10):1267-1272. doi:10.1001/jama.293.10.1267-a

Clinical nuclear medicine, the application of radioisotopes to medical diagnosis and therapeutics, has rapidly advanced. The new, third edition of this textbook is unquestionably the ultimate reference book of this evolving specialty.

The editors have enlisted contributors from many countries with vast clinical or research experience in nuclear medicine, many of whom have supported and continue to support the Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Positron emission tomography (PET) became reimbursable in the late 1990s and soared in stature with the introduction of PET-computed tomography (CT). This development elevated radionuclide tumor imaging to prominence in cancer imaging. The book reflects this importance as it dedicates the initial chapters to cancer imaging. An outstanding example is chapter 18, “Lymphatic Mapping and Sentinel Node Biopsy,” which, like many others, is encyclopedic, well illustrated, and well referenced.