Tissue Optics: Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnosis (Press Monograph)

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9780819495860: Tissue Optics: Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnosis (Press Monograph)
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This second edition covers the intensive growth in tissue optics - in particular, the field of tissue diagnostics and imaging - that has occurred since 2000. As in the original edition, Part I describes fundamentals and basic research, and Part II presents instrumentation and medical applications. The extensive new material includes results on tissue optical property measurements, including polarized light interaction with turbid tissues; an overview of new polarization imaging and spectroscopy techniques, optical computed tomography (OCT) developments and applications; updates on controlling tissue optical properties, and the optothermal and optoacoustic interaction of light with tissues; and descriptions of fluorescence, nonlinear spectroscopies, and inelastic light scattering.

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Valery V. Tuchin is Professor and Optics Chair at Saratov State University (Russia), where he was Dean of Physics Faculty from 1982-1989. His research interests include biomedical optics and laser medicine, nonlinear dynamics of laser and biophysical systems, and physics of optical and laser measurements. He teaches courses on optics, tissue optics, laser and fiber optics in biomedicine, laser dynamics and biophysics for undergraduates and graduate students and international audiences. He has authored or edited 20 books.

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Although being allegedly a second edition of the volume published by the SPIE Press in 2000, this book can be safely said to be new in terms of both much larger size and much more comprehensive and systematic coverage. The main objective of the book is to summarize the entire area of tissue optics: theory, measurement techniques, analysis techniques, and medical diagnostics applications, with a special (and highly appreciated) emphasis on the electromagnetic (vector) nature of light. This objective is accomplished, albeit in a particular way.

Indeed, the book can hardly be recommended as an undergraduate or a graduate textbook since some basic material is assumed to be known to the reader and is largely skipped. This is especially true of the fundamentals of electromagnetics and electromagnetic scattering, both single and multiple. In this respect Tissue Optics cannot replace classical treatises on the subject of light scattering by particles and particulate media such as the renowned books by van de Hulst, Chandrasekhar, and Ishimaru as well as several more recent and more specialized textbooks.

However, the new book by Tuchin is truly unique in terms of its coverage. In this respect it is an ideal supplement to various undergraduate and graduate courses. Especially useful are the two detailed and substantial glossaries (the first one is on physics, statistics and engineering; the second one is on medicine, biology, and chemistry), the nomenclature section, the list of acronyms, and the 1283-entry reference list.

Besides this unquestionably worthy role, Tissue Optics is an everyday must for all postdoctoral fellows, researchers, and medical practicioners dealing with some or all of the aspects of light scattering by tissues. This handbook belongs on the scientist's office table rather than on a library bookshelf.

In summary, the title of the book is provacatively ambitious, yet the result is a valuable and comprehensive encyclopedia of the subject of tissue optics written on a high professional level. The book is nicely printed using the 11 pt font much appreciated by the aging eyes of this reviewer. This inexpensive book has a durable, sturdy binding and is a great bargain for its size, coverage, and scientific quality. --Michael I. Mishchenko, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, New York, USA

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