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The Basics of Film Processing in Medical Imaging.

THE BASICS OF FILM PROCESSING IN MEDICAL IMAGING. Arthur G. Haus, Susan M. Jaskulski. 1997. 337 pgs. Medical Physics Publishing, Madison, Wis., 607-262-4021.

Finally -- a book about film processing that is not only comprehensive and scientific, but also practical and easy to read. Everything the radiologic technologist needs to know about film processing is covered here, from average gradients, characteristic curves and latitude to images in space, modulation transfer function and publicly owned treatment works.

Arthur Haus and Susan Jaskulski, whose combined credentials in the feld are longer than the first two chapters, have written a textbook that leaves you no excuse to be "film-processing illiterate" any longer. If you don't know how film is made, can't name the components of developer and fixer and have always wondered how the latent image becomes a visible image, this is the book for you.

The book covers every step of the process of getting a radiographic image onto film. It includes chapters on film, chemicals, processors, image quality, quality control, artifacts and troubleshooting. The chapter on chemicals thoroughly discusses the proper handling, mixing and storage of processor chemicals.

The authors also trace the changes that have occurred over the years in the way radiographic film is processed. (The photographs on pages 92 and 93, which depict the fashions radiologic technologists wore in the late 1950s and early 1960s, just may be worth the price of the book!) The most significant change to occur in the past few decades, of course, is the growing awareness of the environmental issues involved in film processing. The authors describe regulations governing film processing in the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and discuss the handling and disposal of film chemistry.

The sections on quality control and artifacts include top-notch illustrations to help identify common processing problems. In addition, the appendices cover special topics such as mobile van processing, the cleaning of intensifying screens and the handling and processing of mammography film.

Anyone who processes film should understand the variables that affect film quality, but The Basics of Film Processing in Medical Imaging is especially useful for mammographers. Under the Mammography Quality Standards Act, mammographers must ensure optimum film quality and analyze quality control information.

The Basics of Film Processing in Medical Imaging would be an excellent reference source in any radiology department. In addition, the authors have developed the text into an independent study course that has been approved for continuing education credit. For information about the course, contact S&A Medical Imaging Consultants at 716-223-6092.

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Author:Ellingson, Nancy J.
Publication:Radiologic Technology
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jul 1, 1998
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