Most schools of pharmacy do not cover the area of diagnostic imaging to any appreciable extent in the curriculum, so very few practicing pharmacists have a high level of comfort when dealing with issues relating to diagnostic imaging. Patients undergoing diagnostic imaging procedures may receive a variety of pharmaceutical interventional agents as part of the imaging procedure. Historically these pharmaceutical agents have been overseen by the radiology department rather than the pharmacy department. With recent changes in regulatory oversight of medication management and with increased emphasis by accreditation bodies, pharmacists are finding themselves in need of a better understanding of the policies, procedures, and use of pharmacologic agents in the diagnostic imaging arena.
Diagnostic Imaging for Pharmacists is the only diagnostic imaging reference written specifically for pharmacists. This easy-to-use resource will provide pharmacists and student pharmacists with a basic understanding of diagnostic imaging and the pharmaceuticals used as a part of the imaging process.
- Focus on the pharmaceutical agents used in diagnostic imaging procedures
- Basic information on each type of imaging modality – X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine
- Regulatory oversight in the diagnostic imaging area
- Basic review of ionizing radiation
- Review of radiation safety procedures
Table of Contents:
- Diagnostic Imaging and the Role of the Pharmacist
- Introduction to Ionizing Radiation
- Review of Imaging Procedures Using X-Rays
- Adjunct Agents Used in X-Ray Imaging: Contrast Media
- Review of Imaging Procedures Using Ionizing Radiation: Nuclear Medicine and PET Imaging
- Radiopharmaceuticals Used in Nuclear Medicine
- Radiopharmaceuticals Used in Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging
- Adjunct Agents Used in Nuclear Medicine Imaging: Non-Radioactive Pharmaceuticals
- Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Adjunct Agents Used in Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Contrast Media
- Review of Imaging Procedures Using Ultrasound
- Adjunct Agents Used in Ultrasound Imaging: Contrast Media
- Regulations Associated with the Use of Ionizing Radiation
About the Editors:
Blaine Templar Smith, BSPharm, PhD, was Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Saint Joseph College School of Pharmacy, Hartford, Connecticut, when the book was written. He has been an editor and contributor to books for pharmacists on various topics, including nuclear pharmacy and basic and clinical immunology.
Kara D. Weatherman, PharmD, BCNP, FAPhA, is Clinical Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice at Purdue University College of Pharmacy in West Lafayette, IN.