Diagnostic Imaging for Pharmacists

ISBN: 9781582121536
ISBN-10: 1582121532
Copyright: 2012
Edition: 1st
Editors: Smith, Blaine Templar, Weatherman, Kara D.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 97
Reviewer: Thomas Johnson,  Pharm.D., MBA, BCPS, FASHP  (South Dakota State University)
This book provides pharmacists with a basic summary of diagnostic imaging procedures and the medications related to them.
It is intended to give pharmacists a baseline understanding of diagnostic imaging, particularly as it relates to medication use associated with particular tests. This is a much-needed book in the field as diagnostic imaging is a significant part of medical practice, and pharmacists (especially those who work in hospitals) need at least a basic understanding.
Any pharmacist who practices in a hospital could benefit from this book. It will be very useful for students and residents as they learn about the various imaging techniques. The authors have significant background in radiology and imaging services, and have developed a foundational book that will help others learn about this subject.
The best parts of the book are the fundamental discussions of the capabilities and limitations of diagnostic imaging, and the excellent descriptions of the medications that are used either as part of the tests or in conjunction with the tests. The description of the physics surrounding each of the exams is very informative, written at the appropriate level, and easy to understand. I was particularly impressed with the chapter on nuclear imaging techniques and the associated materials. The images of completed diagnostic studies are very helpful and the book could have used more.
I am not aware of another book directed at pharmacists that provides a medication focus for diagnostic imaging. This book is written at an ideal level for pharmacists, residents, and students to help improve their overall knowledge base in the area of diagnostic imaging. It should be considered for any pharmacy residency library or hospital pharmacy department.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A