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January 14, 1983

Atlas of Total Body Radionuclide Imaging

Author Affiliations

Mayo Clinic Rochester, Minn

JAMA. 1983;249(2):283-284. doi:10.1001/jama.1983.03330260089054

Etymologically, the term atlas as applied to a collection of illustrative plates was first used in 1875; however, the actual origin is probably derived from Gerard Mercator, who depicted the Greek Titan Atlas supporting the heavens on the frontispiece of his 1636 work Atlas; or a Geographic Description of the World.1 Atlas also refers to one who bears a heavy burden. To illustrate and annotate an Atlas of Total Body Radionuclide Imaging is indeed a heavy burden, one that is undertaken very successfully by Dr Fordham and his colleagues from the Nuclear Medicine Section at the Rush-Presbyterian-St Luke's Medical Center.

The atlas is divided into two volumes; the first is devoted completely to bone imaging, and the second includes sections on gallium imaging, bone marrow imaging, and organspecific agents and artifacts. The volume on bone covers the complete range of findings seen in bone scintigraphy and includes chapters on