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Nuclear medicine images, including emission computed tomography ECT with pharmaceuticals releasing positrons [positron emission tomography PET ] and single photons [single-photon emission computed tomography SPECT ], reveal the spatial and temporal distribution of target-specific pharmaceuticals in the human body.
Depending on the application, these data can be interpreted to yield information about physiological processes such as glucose metabolism, blood volume, flow and perfusion, tissue and organ uptake, receptor binding, and oxygen utilization.
In ultrasonography, images are produced by capturing energy reflected from interfaces in the body that separate tissues with different acoustic impedances, where the acoustic impedance is the product of the physical density and the velocity of ultrasound in the tissue. Magnetic resonance imaging MRI of relaxation characteristics following magnetization of tissues is influenced by the concentration, mobility, and chemical bonding of hydrogen and, less frequently, other elements present in biological tissues.
Maps of the electrical field electroencephalography and the magnetic field magnetoencephalography at the surface of the skull can be analyzed to identify areas of intense neuroelectrical activity in the brain.
These and other techniques that use the energy sources listed in Table provide an array of imaging methods that are immensely useful for displaying structural and functional information about the body. This information is essential to improving human health through detection and diagnosis of illness and injury.
The intrinsic properties of biological tissues that are accessible through acquisition and interpretation of images vary spatially and temporally in response to structural and functional changes in the body. Analysis of these variations yields information about static and dynamic processes in the human body. These processes may be changed by disease and disability, and identification of the changes through imaging often permits detection and delineation of the disease or disability.
Medical images are pictures of tissue characteristics that influence the way energy is emitted, transmitted, reflected, and so on, by the human body. The effective atomic number Zeff actually should be used in place of the atomic number Z in this paragraph. Zeff is defined later in the text. Promising imaging techniques that have not yet found applications in clinical medicine are discussed in the last chapter of the text.
Part of the art of interpreting medical images is to bridge among image characteristics, tissue properties, human anatomy, biology and chemistry, and physiology and metabolism, as well as to determine how all of these parameters are affected by disease and disability. Courtesy of Lacey Washington, M.
The Manhattan Project was the code name for the U. Especially influential have been imaging developments in other areas, notably in the defense and military sectors, that have been imported into medicine because of their potential applications to detection and diagnosis of human illness and injury.
Examples include ultrasound developed initially for submarine detection Sonar , scintillation detectors, and reactor-produced isotopes including I, 60 Co, and 99m Tc that emerged from the Manhattan Project, rare-earth fluorescent compounds synthesized initially in defense and space research laboratories, electrical devices for detection of rapid blood loss on the battlefield, and the evolution of microelectronics and computer industries from research funded initially for security, surveillance, defense, and military purposes.
Basic research laboratories have also produced several imaging technologies that have migrated successfully into clinical medicine. Examples include a reconstruction mathematics for computed tomographic imaging and b laboratory techniques in nuclear magnetic resonance that evolved into magnetic resonance imaging, spectroscopy, and other methods useful in clinical medicine. The migration of technologies from other arenas into medicine has not always been successful. For example, infrared detection devices developed for night vision in military operations have so far not proven to be useful in medicine in spite of initial enthusiasm for infrared thermography as an imaging method for early detection of breast cancer.
This shift reflects both a a deeper understanding of the biology underlying human health and disease and b a growing demand for accountability proven usefulness of technologies before they are introduced into clinical medicine. Increasingly, unresolved biological questions important to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease and disability are used to encourage development of new imaging methods, often in association with nonimaging probes.
For example, the functions of the human brain, along with the causes and mechanisms of various mental disorders such as dementia, depression, and schizophrenia, are among the greatest biological enigmas confronting biomedical scientists and clinicians.
A particularly fruitful method for penetrating this conundrum is the technique of functional imaging employing tools such as ECT and MRI. Functional magnetic resonance imaging fMRI is especially promising as an approach to unraveling some of the mysteries related to how the human brain functions in health, disease, and disability. Another example is the use of x-ray computed tomography and MRI as feedback mechanisms to shape, guide, and monitor the surgical and radiation treatment of cancer.
The growing use of imaging techniques in radiation oncology reveals an interesting and rather recent development. Until about three decades ago, the diagnostic and therapeutic applications of ionizing radiation were practiced by a single medical specialty.
In the late s these applications began to separate into distinct medical specialties, diagnostic radiology and radiation oncology, with separate training programs and clinical practices. Today, imaging is used extensively in radiation oncology to characterize the cancers to be treated, design the plans of treatment, guide the delivery of radiation, monitor the response of patients to treatment, and follow patients over the long term to assess the success of therapy, occurrence of complications, and frequency of recurrence.
The process of accommodating to this development in the training and practice of radiation oncology is encouraging a closer working relationship between radiation oncologists and diagnostic radiologists.
These developments are1 : r Ever-increasing sophistication of the biological questions that can be addressed as knowledge expands and understanding grows about the complexity of the human body and its static and dynamic properties. A major challenge confronting medical imaging today is the need to efficiently exploit this convergence of evolutionary developments to accelerate biological and medical imaging toward the realization of its true potential.
Images are our principal sensory pathway to knowledge about the natural world. To convey this knowledge to others, we rely on verbal communication following accepted rules of human language, of which there are thousands of varieties and dialects.
In the distant past, the acts of knowing through images and communicating through languages were separate and distinct processes. Every technological advance that brought images and words closer, even to the point of convergence in a single medium, has had a major cultural and educational impact. Examples of such advances include the printing press, photography, motion pictures, television, video games, computers, and information networking.
Each of these technologies has enhanced the shift from using words to communicate information toward a more efficient synthesis of images to provide insights and words to explain and enrich insights. For purposes of informing and educating individuals, multiple pathways are required for interchanging information. In addition, flexible means are needed for mixing images and words, and their rate and sequence of presentation, in order to capture and retain the attention, interest, and motivation of persons engaged in the educational process.
Computers and information networks provide this capability. In medicine, their use in association with imaging technologies greatly enhances the potential contribution of medical imaging to resolution of patient problems in the clinical setting. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the six evolutionary developments discussed above provide the framework for major advances in medical imaging and its contributions to improvements in the health and well-being of people worldwide.
Molecular Medicine Medical imaging has traditionally focused on the acquisition of structural anatomic and functional physiologic information about patients at the organ and tissue levels. From G. Ibbott, Ph. Used with permission. To keep current with the literature, the scientist would have to read articles each day.
Each new generation adapts with ease to technologies that were a challenge to the previous generation.
Imaging technologies useful or potentially useful at the cellular and molecular levels: r Multiphoton microscopy r Scanning probe microscopy r Electron energy-loss spectroscopic imaging.
They renamed the textbook to include Hendee's name to honor his significant influence in the field of medical physics and notably medical physics education.
This includes modifying existing chapters, most significantly the imaging chapter to reflect an increased use of digital imaging. The authors have purposefully narrowed the target audience of this book.
Noting the difficulty in presenting the level of rigor and details that is appropriate for a very broad audience, the authors have narrowed the audience primarily to radiation oncology residents.
The authors have successfully achieved their goals of this edition. Broad overviews of radiation therapy physics principles and clinical applications are nicely presented.
The textbook is particularly strong in explaining concepts in order to provide fundamental knowledge, yet in an understandable manner. The content does not go extremely deep in detail and rigor, but rather succinctly presents the information in a clear, yet sufficient way so that the radiation oncology resident can gain understanding of the necessary physics principles and applications in clinical practice.
The chapters are ordered logically to lay a foundation of basic physics, then apply that foundation to current clinical treatments and technologies. I like how this textbook starts with the basics atomic particles, how they are created, and how they interact with matter , then builds from there in a logical order. A study of how machines generate the particles needed for imaging and treatment is next presented, followed by how those particles coming out of those machines are measured and calibrated, and how that radiation is deposited in patients.
The foundation is set to understand the practical aspects of how patients are planned and treated including external beam and brachytherapy treatments. The book ends with various aspects of ensuring the safety of patients and staff, discussing principles of radiation protection, quality assurance, and patient safety and quality improvement.
Each chapter has its own table of contents, a listing of appropriate and successfully met learning objectives, and examples worked out within the text. Each chapter ends with a summary of key points in bullet format, problem sets, and references, with the appendix providing answers to problem sets. In my opinion, the text can serve as a supplemental reference to teaching materials for radiation oncology residents, medical dosimetry students, and medical physics residents. For practitioners in the field of radiotherapy, it can be a great resource for those who need to practice problem solving and examination preparation.
Thus, I would strongly recommend this book to any medical physics department, radiation therapy technology training program, dosimetry program and medical residency program in radiation oncology. All chapters include black and white graphs and figures to assist the reader. In the middle of the book, the authors have placed 15 color plates that correspond to figures already embedded in the text. As a reader, I found these plates to be very useful and well designed.
There are numerous tables containing data pertinent to the text, which can be used in problem solving. Another useful feature, are calculated examples in almost every paragraph. These examples make it easier for the reader to understand the topic. I found the structure of the text valuable for review and for examination preparation.