From the Watching of Shadows: The Origins of Radiological Tomography, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

From the Watching of Shadows

The Origins of Radiological Tomography, 1st Edition

By S. Webb

CRC Press

347 pages

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Hardback: 9780852743058
pub: 1990-01-01

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From the Watching of Shadows: The Origins of Radiological Tomography presents the first complete history of body imaging by discrete sections, from its earliest beginnings around 1920 to modern times. Divided into two parts, the book is highly illustrated with many original figures from patents and some previously unpublished pictures. The first part covers classical tomography from 1920 to the 1960s, including the origins of radiological tomography. The second part takes a fresh look at computed transmission and emission tomography that includes recent developments by pioneering tomographers. Tables in each chapter summarize key historical landmarks. The book also includes an extensive glossary of technical terms and a comprehensive index. It is ideal reading for diagnostic radiologists and radiographers interested in the origins of their techniques, for practicing medical physicists, and for historians of medicine and science.


"To quote from Isaac Newton, 'the modern practitioner stands on the shoulders of giants'… an excellent source of reference material."

-HPA Bulletin, 1992

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Early History: Classical section imaging. The early years, 1895-circa 1940. The middle years, circa 1940-50. Circa 1950 and beyond. Part 2 - Modern History: Pioneers towards computed tomography. Patents for computed tomography. Historical emission tomography. Epilogue: Why tomography? Appendices. References. Index.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
SCIENCE / Physics