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Fundamentals of Diagnostic Imaging:
An Introduction for Nurses and Allied Health Care Professionals

Wednesday, 06 December 2023

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Editor: Anne-Marie Dixon

The number of diagnostic scans carried out on NHS patients using CT and MRI machines has increased almost threefold in the last ten years (DH, 2011). There is a predicted continuing demand for diagnostic imaging due to the increased focus on diagnostics for early identification of disease, and the Department of Health’s aim of increasing access to radiotherapy services. In view of this, knowledge of available diagnostic imaging for nurses and allied health professionals is and will become increasingly useful.

This book written specifically for nurses and AHPs does not presume any former knowledge and is an ideal text for those wishing to gain or increase knowledge in the field. For most, our knowledge about diagnostic imaging comes from experiential learning. This book gives the information required in an accessible format at a price which is modest compared to most texts on the subject.

The book has nine chapters. The first six chapters deal with general radiography, fluoroscopy, computed tomography (CT), radionuclide imaging, ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The final three chapters deal with the important issues of balancing risk and benefit, requesting and reporting imaging investigations and looking after those who need imaging investigations.

A practical definition of each diagnostic imaging method is given and quite a lot of technical detail on how the equipment works and images made provided. For each diagnostic method there are clearly given indications for its use. The book is full of images with text explaining what the images show. I particularly liked the case studies given to further enhance understanding. There is a useful and concise section about contrast agents, their indications, route of administration and possible side-effects. Numerous conditions are explored and how diagnostic imaging can aid diagnosis and diagnostic interventions can aid treatment. Conditions explored include, for example: diverticulitis, bowel cancer, vascular disease, gall stones and pregnancy.

This book provides enough information to enable healthcare professionals to answer most patients’ questions about diagnostic imaging and information on how to prepare patients. There is also information about the legislation around diagnostic imaging and the associated risks and benefits. A useful glossary of terms used is also provided.

I particularly liked the clear jargon-free explanations given and the holistic approach taken to enable healthcare professionals to give adequate information and care to patients. I would happily recommend this book to all healthcare students and professionals.


ISBN-13: 978-1906052102


Reflect Press; 1st edition (2008)


238 pages


Debra Larsen RGN, ONC, DHSM, BSc (Hons),
Matron in trauma and orthopaedics.

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