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January 22, 1982

Nuclear Medicine: An Introductory Text

JAMA. 1982;247(4):523. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320290059038

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This concise volume, easily read in two or three evenings, provides an overview of nuclear medicine as currently practiced. It briefly describes most of the commonly employed imaging and physiological procedures and their applicability and limitations in diagnosis and therapy. The authors intend the primary audience to be practitioners applying nuclear medical procedures to patient care, but the book is also aimed at paramedical professionals (medical physicists, radiopharmacists, technologists) who must gain insight into the clinical applications of their work. The medical student would also find this an eminently suitable basic text.

The first two chapters comprise simplified, brief, and well-illustrated outlines of the essential aspects of instrumentation and radiopharmaceuticals. They are sufficiently detailed to provide understanding of the principles involved but brief enough to avoid submerging the reader in a morass of technological minutiae. Several chapters are devoted to principles of radioimmunoassay, radionuclide therapy, and radiation safety, and the