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March 27, 1978

Nuclear Medicine: Clinical and Technological Bases

Author Affiliations

Augustana Hospital Chicago

JAMA. 1978;239(13):1327. doi:10.1001/jama.1978.03280400067030

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With the increased use of radionuclides in the diagnosis of disease, particularly in function tests and organ imaging, a new category of technologists, generally with more background in the physics and chemistry of radiation than in biology, has appeared. This book, developed over a ten-year period from lectures for a three-year course for nuclear medical technologists, deals with patient management, superficial data in pathophysiology (generally but not always in the areas of application of nuclear medicine), infection prevention, technical nuclear medical procedures, and radiation safety measures. The opening chapter outlining the work of the nuclear medical technologist and his responsibility to the patient, physician, and others in various hospital departments and to the community as a whole is especially refreshing in detailing standards of professional behavior in the social as well as technical areas; a sensitive consideration of the patient is presented.

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