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2nd Edition

Webb's Physics of Medical Imaging

Edited By

M Flower

ISBN 9780750305730
Published June 21, 2012 by CRC Press
864 Pages 30 Color & 489 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Since the publication of the best-selling, highly acclaimed first edition, the technology and clinical applications of medical imaging have changed significantly. Gathering these developments into one volume, Webb’s Physics of Medical Imaging, Second Edition presents a thorough update of the basic physics, modern technology and many examples of clinical application across all the modalities of medical imaging.

New to the Second Edition

  • Extensive updates to all original chapters
  • Coverage of state-of-the-art detector technology and computer processing used in medical imaging
  • 11 new contributors in addition to the original team of authors
  • Two new chapters on medical image processing and multimodality imaging
  • More than 50 percent new examples and over 80 percent new figures
  • Glossary of abbreviations, color insert and contents lists at the beginning of each chapter

Keeping the material accessible to graduate students, this well-illustrated book reviews the basic physics underpinning imaging in medicine. It covers the major techniques of x-radiology, computerised tomography, nuclear medicine, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging, in addition to infrared, electrical impedance and optical imaging. The text also describes the mathematics of medical imaging, image processing, image perception, computational requirements and multimodality imaging.

Table of Contents

In the Beginning: The Origins of Medical Imaging, S. Webb

Diagnostic Radiology with X-Rays, D.R. Dance, S.H. Evans, C.L. Skinner and A.G. Bradley

X-Ray Transmission Computed Tomography, I.A. Castellano and S. Webb

Clinical Applications of X-Ray Computed Tomography in Radiotherapy Planning, H.J. Dobbs and S. Webb

Radioisotope Imaging, R.J. Ott, M.A. Flower, A.D. Hall, P.K. Marsden and J.W. Babich

Diagnostic Ultrasound, J.C. Bamber, N.R. Miller and M. Tristam

Spatially Localised Magnetic Resonance, S.J. Doran and M.O. Leach

Physical Aspects of Infrared Imaging, C.H. Jones

Imaging of Tissue Electrical Impedance, B.H. Brown and S. Webb

Optical Imaging, J.C. Hebden

Mathematics of Image Formation and Image Processing, S. Webb

Medical Image Processing, J. Suckling

Perception and Interpretation of Images, C.R. Hill

Computer Requirements of Imaging Systems, G.D. Flux, S. Sassi and R.E. Bentley

Multimodality Imaging, G.D. Flux

Epilogue, S. Webb and C.R. Hill


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About the Editor
Maggie Flower was a senior lecturer in the Joint Department of Physics at the Institute of Cancer Research/Royal Marsden Hospital (ICR/RMH) before taking early retirement. A fellow of the IPEM, Dr. Flower was also a joint leader of the ICR’s Radioisotope Research Team and head of radioisotope imaging at RMH. Her research interests include the evaluation and development of quantitative radioisotope imaging techniques using SPECT and PET and the application of these imaging methods to a variety of clinical research projects.


"For those who have the first edition and found it useful, this edition would be very worthwhile to purchase. Based on my (albeit limited) review, the editor and contributors have done a good job making extensive updates. …the advantage is that each chapter is written by one or more specialists. This would make an excellent reference for medical physicists and should be an excellent textbook for a second course in medical imaging..."
—Steven T. Ratliff, PhD, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA

"… a cohesive textbook … The editor’s aim was to keep the contents in one, manageable book while retaining accessibility for student use. Overall, in spite of the many new developments included, the challenge has been met. Chapters on the main imaging modalities have been overhauled … replaced with up-to-date examples. … This book is excellent value for the money and a strong contender as a textbook for master’s level courses. Buy one early on, and this is a book that you’ll consult throughout your career."
—Elizabeth Berry, SCOPE, June 2013

"Possibly the most comprehensive book on the subject currently on the market."
—Dr. Sandro Olivo, University College London

"I do not feel that this book is intended for technologists trying to increase their knowledge in the clinical setting. Rather, it seems to be designed for technologists in a research setting or for graduate students. … Most of the diagrams and charts are easy to understand, and the glossary of abbreviations at the beginning of the book is helpful. … the book does explain reasons for artifacts in medical imaging so that they can be avoided as much as possible in daily practice. … useful to keep this reference text in the imaging department for technical questions that may arise."
—Gail M. Kurpinski, Radiologic Technology, March/April 2013

Praise for the First Edition:
Steve Webb has produced a first-class book. Because The Physics of Medical Imaging is up to date in a rapidly changing field, it is the text of choice for teaching graduate research students in this new and exciting subspeciality of physics.
Physics Today

… a worthwhile addition to the personal library of anyone connected with this field.
Journal of Clinical Physics and Physiological Measurement

For all those requiring a comprehensive review of medical imaging techniques, at a fairly basic level, this text is highly recommended.
Australian Physicist

This is a book well worth the money and I can strongly recommend it both as desk and bedside reading.
HPA Bulletin

Developments in digital radiography, together with an analysis of the computing requirements of the various techniques, complete this excellent text. The authors have done a remarkable job in covering such a wide subject so well in such a short book.
Image Processing Magazine

This is an excellent publication and represents much dedication and hard work on behalf of the authors and, in particular, the editor.
RAD Magazine