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  1. Diagnostic Imaging specific 2 items
    1. Ball and Moore's essential physics for radiographers - John Ball, Adrian D. Moore, Steve Turner, John Ball 2008 (electronic resource)

      Book  The fourth edition builds on the major revisions introduced in the third edition. The content has been updated to reflect recent advances in imaging technology. The chapter on Radiation Safety has been completely rewritten in the light of current UK legislation (IRR 99 and IR(ME)R 2000), and a re–examination of the physical principles underpinning magnetic resonance imaging forms the basis of a new chapter. Worked examples and calculations again feature strongly, and the innovative and popular Maths Help File, guides readers gently through the mathematical steps and concepts involved. The reference citations have been updated and now include Internet sources. Covers all basic, background physics in depth • Maths help-file • Written in academic style language, but not a high level • Many diagrams, some equations; no photos • Diagnostic bias • Does not cover film-screen or digital imaging • Includes introduction to MRI, ultrasound and radionuclide imaging • Has current UK radiation protection regulations (4th ed on)

    2. Clark's essential physics in imaging for radiographers - Ken Holmes, Marcus Elkington, Phil Harris 2014

      Book Further Reading Students have found this book helpful; at time of compiling this list I have not had full chance to review this book.

  2. Radiotherapy specific 3 items
    1. Practical radiotherapy: physics and equipment - Pam Cherry, Angela Duxbury 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book  • Edited book – each chapter has a different author • Generally uses academic, high level language • Few illustrations • Pre-dates current UK radiation protection regulations • Covers basic physics and maths but limited • rotating anode x-ray tube in simulator section • x-ray production and interaction of x-rays with matter related to radiotherapy • film-screen imaging in simulator suite; digital methods not covered • superficial MRI, CT and ultrasound • includes linear accelerator and kilovoltage equipment plus dosimetry for radiotherapy

    2. Walter and Miller's textbook of radiotherapy: radiation physics, therapy and oncology - Paul Symonds, J. Walter 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book  The 7th edition continues the tradition of bringing the physics and clinical application of radiation for therapy together at entry level and is completely revised to take into account the huge technological advances in radiotherapy treatment since publication of the previous edition. The features new for this edition are: imaging is now an essential part of radiotherapy, relevant for both the treatment and preparation of a patient's treatment; radionuclide imaging and X-ray imaging have been expanded to MRI and PET, along with some use of ultrasound; treatment planning dose prediction - the basis and application of modern computational calculations are explained for modern treatment delivery systems; the role of the algorithm for dose prediction is central to ensure speedy and accurate calculations for treatment; Quality Control; and, Quality Systems. • expensive, but includes radiation physics, radiotherapy equipment and treatment techniques • physics section uses high level language; not always easy to understand • includes diagrams and photos plus colour photo section

    3. Radiotherapy physics and equipment - Samantha Morris 2001

      Book  Possibly out of date no recent editions to date (Sept 2017) • written in a more readable writing style with key points and learning points • some diagrams, no photos • includes out of date radiation protection regulations, although mentions proposals for “new” regulations to be implemented in 2000 • no background physics/maths • includes interaction of x-ray photons with matter but only superficial coverage of other radiation physics • film-screen imaging but no digital imaging • does not cover CT, MRI, US • good chapters on radiotherapy equipment and dosimetry

  3. General list for both DI and RT students 6 items
    1. Principles and applications of radiological physics - Donald T. Graham, Paul Cloke, Martin Vosper 2012

      Book Recommended for Student Purchase • Academic style of writing, fairly high level in places • Uses Pageburst – allows access to online materials • Many diagrams, equations, some graphs; no photos • Covers basic physics and background maths • Includes current radiation protection regulations • Diagnostic bias although short sections on radiotherapy • Includes appendices with superficial coverage of digital imaging, CT, ultrasound, MRI • If buying 2nd hand then go for at least 4th edition as has current UK regulations (IRR 99 and IR(ME)R 2000)

    2. Radiologic science for technologists: physics, biology, and protection - Stewart C. Bushong 2017 (electronic resource)

      Book Further Reading US publication - remember the radiation laws will NOT be the same as UK laws. These comments relate to 9th edition • Easy to read, not high-level physics language but covers required depth in an understandable way • Overview of basic physics • Lots of illustrations: photos, diagrams, cartoons • American, but uses SI units • NCRP National Council on radiation protection (American) regulations but principles based on ICRP (International Commission on Radiation Protection) as in the UK • Good sections on biological effects of radiation • Covers diagnostic imaging applications only including mammography, angiography • Includes chapters on digital imaging and CT (9th edition has a lot more digital content) • Does not cover ultrasound, MRI or radionuclide imaging

    3. Radiologic science for technologists: physics, biology, and protection - Stewart C. Bushong c2013 (electronic resource)

      Book  An e-book is available, but this is the hardcopy. US publication - remember the radiation laws will NOT be the same as UK laws. These comments relate to 9th edition • Easy to read, not high-level physics language but covers required depth in an understandable way • Overview of basic physics • Lots of illustrations: photos, diagrams, cartoons • American, but uses SI units • NCRP National Council on radiation protection (American) regulations but principles based on ICRP (International Commission on Radiation Protection) as in the UK • Good sections on biological effects of radiation • Covers diagnostic imaging applications only including mammography, angiography • Includes chapters on digital imaging and CT (9th edition has a lot more digital content) • Does not cover ultrasound, MRI or radionuclide imaging

    4. Farr's physics for medical imaging - Penelope Allisy-Roberts, Jerry Williams, R. F. Farr 2008

      Book  • expensive • very concisely-written but clear and understandable • some terms not defined – need background knowledge • covers CT, MRI, US & RNI at relevant depth although technology has progressed. Good sections on contra-indications. • minimal digital imaging • does not cover equipment eg x-ray tube in any depth • has current UK radiation protection regulations (IRR 99 IR(ME)R 2000

    5. An introduction to radiography - Suzanne Easton 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book  An unashamed plug for a diagnostic book written by predominately UWE lecturing staff! This book provides a solid foundation in radiography for first year degree students by giving an overview of the basic principles and inspiring them to explore further the concepts presented. It also covers the core knowledge and standards for professional practice in sufficient depth to enable Assistant Practitioners to pass their NVQ examinations, practice their skills effectively and provide good patient care.

    6. Principles of radiological physics - Wilks 1987

      Book Further Reading General physics book, don't be put off by publication date, as the principles haven't changed!