Taking both a historical and philosophical stance, Brain Imaging: The Chemistry of Mental Activity provides a detailed account of molecular imaging at its finest. Written by Dr. Henry N. Wagner Jr, a highly acclaimed author and international authority in the field of nuclear medicine, the book brings to date all the exciting work present in brain imaging, showing the differences among the various imaging modalities, and reviewing the knowledge of chemical reactions in the brain.
Suitable for both professionals and the public alike; this book spans basic principles through to historical and current uses of molecular imaging. The vast utility of imaging is highlighted by examining common themes and topics prominent in human life; love, aggression, altruism, violence, crime, and substance abuse to name a few.
Dr. Henry N. Wagner Jr, a pioneer in nuclear medicine, has made groundbreaking contributions to advancing the fields of radiology and nuclear medicine, namely in the areas of brain physiology and pathophysiology, and addiction and drug design. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences, as well as several editorial boards and many other medical and radiological societies, and is an honorary member of the British Institute of Radiology (2000). During his time at the John Hopkins University he has trained more than 500 radiologists, internists, physicians, and scientists, eight of whom have held, as he has, the position of President of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. In 1985 he was awarded the Georg Von Hevesy Award and in 1993 Dr. Wagner was awarded the first Annual Society of Nuclear Medicine President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to nuclear medicine.
Written for: Nuclear medicine practitioners and radiologists
Table of contents
History of molecular imaging.- Role of the author in the first imaging of neuroreceptors.- Basic principles on the use of tracers and brain imaging.- The chemistry of the brain in normal people.- Dementia.- Movement disorders.- Behavioral disorders.- Effects of therapeutic drugs on the brain.- Substance abuse and brain chemistry.- Where we are likely to be in the future.
"The book, which is actually a compilation of the author’s insights into brain chemistry and the potential implications for understanding human nature, is a distinctive contribution to the field. The purpose is to ‘bring to date all the exciting work present in brain imaging, showing the differences among imaging modalities, and reviewing the knowledge of chemical reactions in the brain.’ … The intended audience is suggested to be ‘both professionals and the public.’ … you’re on your own if you read this book." (Michael J. Schrift, Doody’s Review Service, April, 2009)