Authors: Richard Goldfarb, MD, Murthy R. Chamarthy, MD, Fukiat Ongseng, MD, Steven R. Parmett, MD, David L. Bushnell, Jr.MD, Rosna Mircheva-Trocheva, MD, Urmi Sen, MD, Lionel S. Zuckier, MD
Publisher: Theme – 363 pages, with 162 illustrations
Book Review by: Nano Khilnani
This book has been designed to prepare students to take the United States board exam in nuclear medicine and pass it to obtain certification to practice in that field, as well as to qualify for recertification. The popular and original question-and-answer format has been retained because it is found to be effective in helping test-takers not only learn the information presented in the book, but also retain it in memory.
This book contains 2,250 test questions spread within its chapters. Eight physicians authored or coauthored the chapters that provide reviews of material pertaining to molecular imaging knowledge on the various anatomical and physiological systems of the human body.
Since the publication of the first edition of this book 20 years ago in 1998, nuclear medicine has made great strides, and it continues to evolve. Today, PET/CT is the dominant imaging modality in clinical practice wherein other means of imaging in nuclear medicine are also used, such as SPECT/CT (single photon emission computed tomography in combination with computed tomography) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
In this book on nuclear medicine, eight imaging specialists discuss the advantages and limitations of different imaging methods along with the features of the scanning equipment that is used. To provide you an overview of the contents of this book, we list the titles of the 24 chapters that constitute this book
- Part I. Essentials of Nuclear Medicine
- Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals
- Quality Control
- Radiation Safety and Legal Requirements
- Part II. Single-Photon Applications
- Central Nervous System
- Thyroid Gland and Endocrine System
- Infection, Inflammation, and Oncology
- Part III. Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
- Basics of Positron Emission Tomography
- Basics of Computed Tomography
- Breast Cancer
- Head and Neck Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
- Neuro-Positron Emission Tomography
- Miscellaneous Positron Emission Tomography / Computed Tomography
- Part IV. Radionuclide Therapy
- Radionuclide Therapy
To give you some examples of questions that are asked (in the column on the left) and the answers that are provided in the right column, let’s take a look at chapter 1, Radionuclides and Radiopharmaceuticals:
Q-1. Nuclides with the same atomic number (i.e. same number of protons) but different numbers of neutrons are called ______
Q-2. Two nuclides with the same atomic mass but different atomic numbers are called ______
This test-preparation book for taking and passing the board exams in nuclear medicine has been proven to be effective. It has been around since the first edition was published 20 years ago in 1998. This is now its fourth edition.
C. Richard Goldfarb, MD is Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Associate Clinical Professor of Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York
Murthy R. Chamarthy, MD is Assistant Professor of Radiology at the University of Texas Southwest Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Fukiat Ongseng, MD is Assistant Professor of Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York.
Steven R. Parmett, MD is Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, and Professor of Clinical radiology at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.
David L. Bushnell, Jr.,MD is Professor of Radiology in the Division of Nuclear Medicine at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa,
Rosna Mircheva-Trocheva, MD is Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York.
Urmi Sen, MD is Clinical Assistant Professor of Radiology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, New York, and Attending Physician at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, NJ.
Lionel S. Zuckier, MD, MBA, FRCPC is Chairman of the Division of Nuclear Medicine, and Professor of Medicine and Radiology at Ottawa Hospital and University of Ottawa Faculty of Medicine in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.