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Nuclear Cardiology and Correlative Imaging: A Teaching File [Hardcover]

J.S. Alpert , E.G. III DePuey , Joao V. Vitola , Dominique Delbeke

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25 Oct 2004 0387207074 978-0387207070 2004

Drs. Vitola and Delbeke assembled a group of standout contributors in order to create a resource that advances the knowledge and skills of experienced nuclear cardiologists and radiologists while also preparing residents for the cutting-edge field of nuclear cardiology. Diagnostic tools, physics and instrumentation, and radiopharmaceuticals and protocols central to the field are examined. The comprehensive text covers key applications of myocardial perfusion imaging, including applications in special populations and in emergency departments. Risk assessment, pitfalls, and artefacts are addressed. Additional chapters detail the value of cardiac MRI, multislice computed tomography, stress echocardiography, and PET and PET/CT to nuclear cardiology. Practical case presentations and a wealth of illustrations reinforce instruction on diagnostic guidelines and methods.

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"The book provides an excellent introduction to the topic of nuclear cardiology to trainees in the sub-speciality and an update for specialists in the field. [...] the book deserves a place on the bookshelf of any nuclear medicine or nuclear cardiology department."

RAD Magazine, January, 2006

"The editors of this book … have gathered 49 experts from all around the world to contribute their knowledge and experience in the creation of … nuclear cardiology teaching files. … The chapters are excellently structured. … The first part offers a concise overview on the specific topic, and this is followed by several case presentations. The case presentations are very comprehensive … . this is supported by high-quality figures. … It is highly recommended for everyone who is interested in nuclear cardiology … ." (A. Ugrinska and E. K. J. Pauwels, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Vol. 32 (12), 2005)

"In this book, Drs. Vitola (Brazil) and Delbeke (USA) have gathered a large panel of experts who collaborated in reviewing the essential features of nuclear cardiology. … this medium sized book achieves the goal of combining both informative introductory text and multiple case presentations. … Moreover, these cases presentations are widely completed by high quality illustrations. … This is a well-structured educational book that could be highly recommended to all cardiologists and nuclear medicine physicians interested in the field of nuclear cardiology." (A. Manrique, Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy, Vol. 27 (6), 2005)

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Edited by Drs. João V. Vitola and Dominique Delbeke, two highly respected experts, this case-based text advances the knowledge and skills of experienced nuclear medicine physicians, cardiologists, and radiologists while also preparing residents for the cutting-edge field of nuclear cardiology. Internationally recognized contributors offer an indispensable presentation of key techniques and the latest technology. Diagnostic tools, physics principles, instrumentation, radiopharmaceuticals, and protocols central to the field are covered. A comprehensive review of the applications of myocardial perfusion imaging includes applications in special populations and in emergency departments. Risk assessment, pitfalls, and artifacts are also addressed. Additional chapters examine correlative imaging and detail the value of cardiac MRI, multislice computed tomography, stress echocardiography, coronary angiography, intravascular ultrasound, and PET and PET/CT. Case presentations and a wealth of illustrations reinforce guidelines on diagnosis and image interpretation, highlighting situations that readers are likely to encounter in everyday practice.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book For Nuclear Cardiology Board Exam 7 Nov 2008
By Tansel Turgut - Published on Amazon.com
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SUMMARY: This is an excellent book! hghly recommended!

a)For fellows, i would recommend a textbook first.
b)But for practicing cardiologist, this is a very clinical oriented book, and it is fun to read!
c)It gives helpful information with clinical cases.
d)Good images, excellent presentation.
e)There is no basic Nuclar medicine 9only clinical cases), so this book is not enough for the board exam, and you will eed other books.
f) i think that this is also an excellent book,for people not taking the board exam. the cases are very clinical oriented, and similar to the cases seen in real life!


(his is not about the book above, please read only if you are planning taking the exam)

I am writing this review to help other cardiologists who will be taking nuclear cardiology Board exam: It will also be helpful for people taking other nuclear exams (as the basic parts are the same):

I am a interventional cardiologist and i have been in practice for 9 years and I had limited time to study. These are the books that I studied, and my recommendations are below. I hope it helps!

QUESTION BOOKS:(All 3 recommended for quick review)

1) Nuclear Medicine Board Review: Questions and Answers for Self-Assessment:
a)Good book for quick review for exam purposes (General nuclear medicine review- helpful for all fields of nuclearmedicine, not specifically cardiology).
b)Quick questions and answers on same page.
c)For cardiology, Basis of Nuclear medicine( chapters 1-3). and cardiac (Chapter 5) and PET (chapter 12)sections were helpful

2)Nuclear medicine technology: review Questions for the Board examinations (Ramer,Alavi)
a) Another good book for quick general nuclear medicine review.
b) Questions and answers, no explanations
c) For all nuclear medicine exam takers: sections on redioactivity, radipharmacy, QA, radiation safety, instrumentation, computers, patient care etc chapters very helpful)(i solved chapters 2,3,4,5,8,14,15,16)
d) there is an exam at the end

3) Nuclear medicine Exam Questions: (Andrew Kim)
a) similar to the above 2 books, good for quick review, some explanation of answers, 1/3 helpful for cardiology

2) Nuclear medicine basics radiation safety course:
a) went to an 200 hour course in new Orleans, (there are 80 hour courses also and most of them are enough to get board certification in most States. for some States 80 hours may not be enough , so you need to check it)
b)Teachers were R Campeau, Lindsey,Shieau, Conant.
R. Campeau is excellent in clinical review. F.Lindsey is excellent in basics of nuclear medicine. Shieau was excellent in Radiopharmacology.
c)This is a good course, and i would strongly recommend it.
d)But it wook eight 3 day weekends and it may be very difficult to get this arranged if you have a bsy schedule. in that case, 1 week 80 hour courses should be ideal.

C)Nuclear medicine Basics:
a) covered in courses well enough.
b)i bought 3 books, but i did not have enough time to read them.
c) the books i bought;
a)Nuclear Medicine basics (Chandra): very good book,key points and Questions at the endof each section are very helpful. I read some of the chapters which i had difficulty understanding. A good read for fellows who have time. Too much time consuming for practicing cardiologist who are too busy Also, a good book for any Nuclear medicine exam, or any one trying to understand the mechanisms.
key poits: (Chapters 1,2,3,4,5,8,15, and Questions: 3,11,12,14 are very good)
b) essential Nuclear medicine Physics (Powsner): his is a good book, Again, i did not have time to read it all. I read only some pages, and chapters epending on what i didin't know. if you don't have time to read the chandra book from cover to cover, I would recommend buying both 2 books, and reading the same topic on 2 books 9selective topics) to understandit better. (read maybe 20-30% of these 2 books.

1) Nuclear cardiology & Correlative Imaging: A teaching file: this is an excellent book for busy clinicians. I read this book from cover to cover, and clinical cases were extremel helpful. i would strongly recommend this book! (470 pages, excellent pictures, very easy reading!)
2) There are excellent clinical textbooks, but they are not easy to read, and very time consuming. i did not have enough time.
3) Chapter on Braunwald is very good for crdiology.

E)You need a letter of recommendation from a nuclear certified physician: with exact number of cases you have read. Getting the necessary numbers is not easy and is very time consuming. if you are not in fellowship, it may take 1-2 years!


G) Board review Courses: (ASNS Nuclear cardiology Board review Course)
a)i did not attend. But, I heard that it is very useful, especially if you can't study enough on your own.
b)But there are review questions at the end of the exam, and i got them from a freid of mine who attended. I solved these questions and some questions were exactly similar. So, i would recommend to olve these questions even if you can not go to the meeting.

H) Other Study material (For cardiologists only)
a)NCKSAP : [...]
vey helpful, very strongly recommended.
b)NSCA Questions: very strongly recommended:

F) Exam:
a) is given in Prometric test center.
b) It is all computerized. images are not too bad.
c) Time is more than enough.
d) Around 170-180 questions. (less than 35 mistakes was passing (I made 17 mistakes, so it was not so difficult)

Good luck! i hope this helps!

Tansel Turgut
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A clinical approach to the topic 27 Aug 2007
By M Al-Shaer - Published on Amazon.com
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When reading text books on the topic of nuclear cardiology you note that they all presents the same information more or less. It feels at some point that alot of the topics presented are repetition and boring.This book presents the same material, but in a clinical more interesting, easy to read format.

This is a book that I was able to read with interest and enthusiasm from cover to cover.

One of the drawbacks of case study books is that they usually present a couple of rare fundemental cases and the rest are all garden variety cases. This book is more of a textbook written in a case review style which is very appealing to physicians. I have also to admit that I was impressed with the fact that the authors were able to present some cutting edge and futuristic technology in a case review fashion..something I never encountered before.

If you are setting for the nuclear cardiology boards, this is not a replacement to the traditional textbooks, but very helpful in anchoring concepts and a very good worthwhile review.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars mediocre 13 Dec 2006
By Terry Dolorosa - Published on Amazon.com
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Mediocre in every way - content, organization, and currency. Henkin's two-volume Nuclear Medicine superbly covers this material and much more (albeit at a higher price). Need a less expensive book that covers only Nuc Cardio? Try Iskandrian.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 7 Dec 2012
By ankur - Published on Amazon.com
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must have book for nuclear boards. this book is a great book to have for future reference as well. Questions and case discussions are great and very well written.
highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for studying for the boards 6 Dec 2008
By A. Dave - Published on Amazon.com
I got this book to study for the nuclear cardiology boards. As you can read from the other reviews, it presents material in a very natural case-review format that makes it much more fun to read than other texts. Basically, after reading this book, you'll feel much better about interpreting SPECT and PET studies, and about the different protocols, etc. The case presentation is particularly nice in that the board questions are presented somewhat similarly.

For the purpose of the boards you'll need additional study material of course, as this book doesn't touch any of the basic nuclear physics / radiation safety, etc, topics. Chandra's book mentioned in the great review below is very, very good.
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