The editors have skillfully compiled a wide and comprehensive spectrum from contributors around the world on up-to-date imaging technologies for photodynamic therapy (PDT), with a wealth of clinical images. A wide readership in the biomedical sciences, including image scientists, medical professionals and graduate students, could benefit from this book.

Beyond an introduction to optical tissue interaction, readers will be familiarized with photochemistry for living tissues; light-enhancing organic substances that are nontoxic; and chemical reactive photosensitizers or dyes that have the ability to damage biomolecules, kill target tumor cells and destroy unwanted tissues.

The book also covers advancements in clinical imaging, which has benefited from PDT and photosensitizers in connection with fluorescence modalities. The authors well document treatments for cancer localization in skin cancer, tumor cells and colon cancer in connection PDT. Readers interested in microscopic applications will find an extensive discussion on cancer cells in vivo and on dead-cell path, with effective PDT treatment being able to disrupt cancer cells and prevent spreading.

Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, 21st Century Data Analysis, a division of Koenig & Associates, Inc. Portland, Ore., USA

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