From the reviews:
"This volume … provide an overview of x-ray technology and reconstruction methods of modern CT scanning systems. … is aimed primarily at post-graduate biomedical engineering and medical physics students. … This is really a book for physicists and medical engineers … ." (Arpan Banerjee, RAD magazine, January, 2009)
"This monograph on computed tomography (CT) covers the most recent advances in CT technology, image analysis, and reconstruction methods. It is a well-structured, information rich, and highly technical book. … This is definitely an advanced monograph in CT technology and image reconstruction that will better serve readers with a strong mathematical background. It also can serve as a specialized manual or reference for researchers and experts in the field of medical physics and biomedical engineering." (Dimitris N. Mihailidis, Doody’s Review Service, June, 2009)
"This book provides an overview of x-ray technology, describes the historic developmental milestones of modern CT systems, and gives comprehensive insight into reconstruction methods. Its intended audience is graduate students in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, and medical physics. … I strongly recommend this book for students, scientists, and physicists who are interested in reconstruction theory and algorithms." (Tinsu Pan, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, July, 2009)
“The book is self-contained, covering the fundamentals of X-ray physics including X-ray production, interaction with matter and detection. … the diagrams in the book are of a very high quality and complement the text very well. Another feature of the book is its attention to implementation details. … This book is well written and will serve well as a good CT reference or textbook. The author has succeeded in his aim of presenting both the physics and mathematics behind CT in an accessible way.” (Peter R. T. Munro, Contemporary Physics, Vol. 51 (6), 2010)
Reviewer: Dimitris N. Mihailidis, PhD (University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Description: This monograph on computed tomography (CT) covers the most recent advances in CT technology, image analysis, and reconstruction methods. It is a well-structured, information rich, and highly technical book. This is the 2nd edition (in English) of a book originally published in German in 2004.
Purpose: The author has succeeded in bringing together the mathematical details of signal processing and image reconstruction with a comprehensive and practical overview of modern CT technology.
Audience: This book is not for beginners. It can serve as a supplementary text for graduate students and researchers in medical physics, electrical engineering, and biomedical engineering who specialize in general signal processing and image analysis. It requires knowledge of advanced mathematics such as Fourier, Hilbert, Hankel transforms and elements of signal theory, to mention a few, that are traditionally taught to graduate level physicists and engineers. Medical residents in radiology and radiologists might not directly benefit from such a book.
Features: The content of this impressive book can be divided into three major sections. Section one: The first three chapters cover the historical development of CT, the fundamental principles of X-ray physics and the major milestones in CT technologies. The level of complexity of these three chapters is not as demanding of advanced mathematical knowledge as the rest of the book. This would allow one to use the first three chapters to supplement a more traditional text for a graduate course in CT physics and technology. Section two: Chapters 4-8 cover in detail the mathematical formalism and mathematical approaches in signal processing, 2D and 3D reconstruction methods, and their technical implementations. The formalism presented in this section can also assist researchers and experts in nuclear medicine image analysis and reconstruction such as SPECT and PET. A few highlights covered here are fan-beam geometry, cone-beam geometry, and spiral CT. Section three: Chapters 9-11 cover image quality and artifacts, practical aspects of CT and applications, and, finally, CT dose and dose reduction. All chapters are supported by an extended bibliography provided at the end of the text. In chapters 4-11, the author has made a special effort to provide the derivations of the equations that construct the algorithms described in the text. All of the chapters include a large number of good quality color figures. There are a total of 475 figures and 10 data tables in the book.
Assessment: This is definitely an advanced monograph in CT technology and image reconstruction that will better serve readers with a strong mathematical background. It also can serve as a specialized manual or reference for researchers and experts in the field of medical physics and biomedical engineering.