1st Edition

Physics of Mammographic Imaging

Edited By Mia K. Markey Copyright 2013
    318 Pages
    by CRC Press

    320 Pages 20 Color & 254 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Due to the increasing number of digital mammograms and the advent of new kinds of three-dimensional x-ray and other forms of medical imaging, mammography is undergoing a dramatic change. To meet their responsibilities, medical physicists must constantly renew their knowledge of advances in medical imaging or radiation therapy, and must be prepared to function at the intersection of these two fields. Physics of Mammographic Imaging gives an overview on the current role and future potential of new alternatives to mammography in the context of clinical need, complementary approaches, and ongoing research.

    This book provides comprehensive coverage on the fundamentals of image formation, image interpretation, analysis, and modeling. It discusses the use of mammographic imaging in the detection, diagnosis, treatment planning, and monitoring of breast cancer. Expert authors give a balanced summary of core topics such as digital mammography, contrast-enhanced mammography, stereomammography, breast tomosynthesis, and breast CT. The book highlights the use of mammographic imaging with complementary breast imaging modalities such as ultrasound, MRI, and nuclear medicine techniques. It discusses critical issues such as computer-aided diagnosis, perception, and quality assurance.

    This is an exciting time in the development of medical imaging, with many new technologies poised to make a substantial impact on breast cancer care. This book will help researchers and students get up to speed on crucial developments and contribute to future advances in the field.

    Image Formation: Fundamentals of Digital Mammography. Contrast-Enhanced Digital Mammography. Stereo Mammography. Breast Tomosynthesis. Breast CT. Comparison of Advanced X-Ray Modalities. Image Interpretation: Breast Cancer Detection and Diagnosis. Image-Guided Procedures and Surgical Planning. Displays for Breast Imaging. Perception of Mammographic Images. Image Analysis and Modeling: Physical Breast Phantoms. Digital Phantoms for Breast Imaging. Observer Models for Breast Imaging. Current Status of Computer-Aided Detection of Breast Cancer. Complementary Approaches: Breast Ultrasound. Breast MRI. Nuclear Medicine Imaging of the Breast: History, Clinical Application and Integration, and Future. Future Directions: Breast Elasticity Imaging. Electrical Impedance Imaging and Spectroscopy of the Breast. Optical Imaging of the Breast. Outlook for Computer-Based Decision Support in Breast Cancer Care.


    Mia K. Markey

    "This is a much-needed and refreshing update on the state-of-the art of the technological aspects of breast imaging. This book captures a snapshot of the current status of the technology and practice in this field. It is well organized and the chapters make generous use of informative figures, tables, and medical images. The authors present well-balanced views based on their own research experience and on the existing body of knowledge in this field. The editor and authors have accomplished their objective in delivering an excellent book on this topic. It is a must have for anyone working or interested in the physics and technological aspects of mammographic imaging."
    —Andrew Karellas, PhD, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, USA