Emerging Imaging Technologies in Medicine

Mark A. Anastasio, Patrick La Riviere

December 6, 2012 by CRC Press
Reference - 361 Pages - 31 Color & 260 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781439880418 - CAT# K13780
Series: Imaging in Medical Diagnosis and Therapy

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  • Provides an overview of the most important emerging medical imaging technologies, modalities, and clinical applications
  • Covers tomosynthesis, breast CT, spectral CT, x-ray phase-contrast imaging, photoacoustic imaging, diffuse optical tomography, and acoustic imaging
  • Presents an overview of the modality, summary of clinical potential, and detailed discussion of the physics and technology
  • Emphasizes a clear understanding of the fundamentals, with a focus on hardware developments
  • Discusses multimodality imaging, including PET/MRI, diffuse optical tomography/MRI, and photoacoustic tomography/diffuse optical tomography as well as three-dimensional microscopy, such as photoacoustic microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy


From the discovery of x-rays in 1895 through the emergence of computed tomography (CT) in the 1970s and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the 1980s, non-invasive imaging has revolutionized the practice of medicine. While these technologies have thoroughly penetrated clinical practice, scientists continue to develop novel approaches that promise to push imaging into entirely new clinical realms, while addressing the issues of dose, sensitivity, or specificity that limit existing imaging approaches.

Emerging Imaging Technologies in Medicine surveys a number of emerging technologies that have the promise to find routine clinical use in the near- (less than five years), mid- (five to ten years) and long-term (more than ten years) time frames. Each chapter provides a detailed discussion of the associated physics and technology, and addresses improvements in terms of dose, sensitivity, and specificity, which are limitations of current imaging approaches. In particular, the book focuses on modalities with clinical potential rather than those likely to have an impact mainly in preclinical animal imaging.

The last ten years have been a period of fervent creativity and progress in imaging technology, with improvements in computational power, nanofabrication, and laser and detector technology leading to major new developments in phase-contrast imaging, photoacoustic imaging, and optical imaging.