From the Watching of Shadows: The Origins of Radiological Tomography

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Science - 347 pages
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From the Watching of Shadows: The Origins of Radiological Tomography presents the first complete history of body imaging by discrete sections, from its earliest beginnings around 1920 to modern times. Divided into two parts, the book is highly illustrated with many original figures from patents and some previously unpublished pictures. The first part covers classical tomography from 1920 to the 1960s, including the origins of radiological tomography. The second part takes a fresh look at computed transmission and emission tomography that includes recent developments by pioneering tomographers. Tables in each chapter summarize key historical landmarks. The book also includes an extensive glossary of technical terms and a comprehensive index. It is ideal reading for diagnostic radiologists and radiographers interested in the origins of their techniques, for practicing medical physicists, and for historians of medicine and science.
 

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Contents

The early years 1895circa 1940
5
List of tables
6
3 Summary of the classes of sectionimaging slice
32
The middle years circa 194O50
108
Circa 1950 and beyond
141
1 Commercially produced equipment for tomography
155
Pioneers towards computed tomography
167
Patents for computed tomography
194
1 Early US patents for emission tomography
226
3 Multicrystal section irnagers
241
Why tomography?
273
Important developments in Xradiology and nuclear
279
From the scientists art to the doctors decisionthe
293
The theory of Xray computed tomography in words
300
References
307
Index
335

1 Some of the modern patents for computed tomography
196
Historical emission tomography
223

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