1080 Pages
    by CRC Press

    Essential Purchase – Doody’s Core Titles 2022

    This second updated edition of the Encyclopaedia of Medical Physics contains over 3300 cross-referenced entries related to medical physics and associated technologies. The materials are supported by over 1300 figures and diagrams. The Encyclopaedia also includes over 600 synonyms, abbreviations and other linked entries.

    Featuring over 100 contributors who are specialists in their respective areas, the encyclopaedia describes new and existing methods and equipment in medical physics. This all-encompassing reference covers the key areas of x-ray diagnostic radiology, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine, ultrasound imaging, radiotherapy, radiation protection (both ionising and non-ionising) as well as related general terms.

    It has been updated throughout to include the newest technologies and developments in the field, such as proton radiotherapy, phase contrast imaging, multi-detector computed tomography, 3D/4D imaging, new clinical applications of various imaging modalities, and the relevant regulations regarding radiation protection and management.


    • Contains over 3300 entries with accompanying diagrams, images, formulas, further reading, and examples
    • Covers both the classical and newest elements in medical imaging, radiotherapy, and radiation protection
    • Discusses material at a level accessible to graduate and postgraduate students in medical physics and related disciplines as well as medical specialists and researchers

    The articles in the Encyclopaedia are listed alphabetically, but can be grouped into 7 main groups: Diagnostic Radiology MR imaging; Nuclear Medicine; Radiation Protection; Radiotherapy; Ultrasound imaging; General


    Slavik Tabakov is the Director of the Postgraduate MSc Medical Engineering and Physics and MSc Clinical Sciences Programmes at King’s College London, UK, and currently the President of the International Organisation for Medical Physics (IOMP).

    Franco Milano is a Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Florence, Italy. In addition to serving as a Research fellow for the Italian National Research Council, he is an appointed expert on behalf of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the areas of radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging.

    Magdalena Stoeva is a Professor in the Diagnostic Imaging Department and in the Translational Neuroscience Centre of the Medical University Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where she is responsible for both scientific work and the teaching over 300 students in medical physics, medicine, and dentistry.

    Perry Sprawls is Professor Emeritus of Radiology for Emory University, USA, and a medical physicist and bioengineer with 50 years of experience in radiology and medical imaging

    Sameer Tipnis is Associate Professor in the Radiology and Radiological Sciences department at the Medical University of South Carolina, USA.

    Tracy Underwood is a EC Marie Curie Research Fellow with a joint appointment at Harvard Medical School, USA, and University College London, UK.

    "Editors Tabakov, Milano, Sprawls, Stoeva, Tipnis, and Underwood have expanded the 2013 work of the same title. This great resource has more than 3,300 entries. Compiling a book that covers all areas of medical physics is a heroic task, and the editors have done a wonderful job. This expanded edition includes more than 650 new terms related to the fields of non-ionising radiation safety and medical equipment management. Each entry is concise and easy to read, making appropriate use of equations and figures, with further readings included. Every library and hospital should have a copy of this work…This book will be a useful reference for medical professionals, particularly radiologists, including those still in training.

    Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students, faculty, and professionals."

    —L. S. Cahill, Memorial University of Newfoundland in CHOICE, August 2022.

    “The past decades have seen a rapid growth of the medical physics profession globally, with more than 27,000 medical physicists worldwide in 2020. As a significant part of the growth is in developing countries, there exists a substantial need for easy access to educational material, especially in the low- and middle-income countries. This second edition is one of the outcomes of the EMERALD education project (which started in 1995) and, since the first edition in 2013, continues to provide medical physics education for students and professions around the world. The book is intended to provide cross-referenced entries for easy lookup. It contains a large number of small items with general knowledge in multiple fields of medical physics, with the aim of providing training and education for medical physics professionals around the world. Since the first edition published in 2013, there have been many advances in medical physics. The authors have revised the existing materials and added new terms and entries in this updated edition.


    While many groups of professions will find this encyclopedia helpful, the main audience is graduate students and medical physicists, especially from low- and middle-income countries. It is a great learning resource for those who have limited access to full medical physics textbooks and learning materials. For medical physics residents and early-career physicists, it also provides a way to easily and quickly search for learning and clinical purposes.


    This book provides comprehensive topics and items covering medical physics and related techniques. The articles give concise and explanatory information, with clear equations and figures for better understanding. It is a valuable learning resource for university students and healthcare physicists. With the wide scope of knowledge condensed into the book, it is a good teaching tool and reference for healthcare professions in low- and middle-income countries. Compared with the first edition, the current one includes revised materials and new terms to keep up to date with the recent advances of medical physics. Overall, as the fruitful outcome of the 25-year education project with the collaboration of hundreds of international professionals, this encyclopedia is a great learning tool for medical physicists and trainees.”

    —Wenbo Gu,  Ph.D.  (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) in Doody’s Core Titles Review 2022.