X-Ray Vision: The Evolution of Medical Imaging and Its Human Implications

Paperback | January 16, 2013

byRichard B. Gunderman

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The discovery of the x-ray in 1895 proved to be one of the most transformative breakthroughs in the history of science. It ushered in a new era in medicine, allowing physicians and patients to peer inside the living human body, without the use of a scalpel, to assess health and diagnosediseases. The x-ray opened up the world of the very small, allowing us to determine the structure of the molecules of which we are made. It also revealed the true nature of the largest and oldest objects in the universe, including the universe itself. Today it has spawned amazing new imagingtechniques, including ultrasound, CT scanning, MR imaging, and nuclear medicine, which have opened up remarkable new windows on the structure and function of the human body. This book recounts the stories of the remarkable physicians and scientists who developed these new imaging technologies. It tells the stories of real patients whose lives have been touched, transformed, and in many cases saved by medical imaging. And it shines new light on the surprising ways x-rayshave transformed our view of ourselves and the world we inhabit. Richly illustrated with both historical images and imaging studies of real patients, X-ray Vision is a feast for the eyes as well as the mind.

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The discovery of the x-ray in 1895 proved to be one of the most transformative breakthroughs in the history of science. It ushered in a new era in medicine, allowing physicians and patients to peer inside the living human body, without the use of a scalpel, to assess health and diagnosediseases. The x-ray opened up the world of the ver...

Richard B. Gunderman is Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, and Philanthrophy at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.68 inPublished:January 16, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199976236

ISBN - 13:9780199976232

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Table of Contents

1. X-Ray Vision2. A New Kind of Light3. Transgressions4. Artistic Vision5. Scientific Vision6. Seeing With Sound7. Illuminating Reproduction8. Slices of Life9. Magnetic Imaging10. Hunting Cancer11. Too Little, Too Late12. Oracular Vision13. Coda