The pace and sophistication of advances in medicine in the past two decades have necessitated a growing need for a comprehensive reference that highlights the current issues in medicine. Each volume in the Current Issues in Medicine series is a stand‐alone text that provides a broad survey of various critical topics—all accomplished in a user-friendly yet interconnected format. The series not only highlights current advances but also explores related topics such as translational medicine, precision medicine, nanomedicine, regulatory science, neglected global diseases, emerging pandemics such as COVID-19, FDA and patent law, immunotoxicology, theranostics, big data, artificial intelligence, novel imaging tools and techniques, combination drug products, and novel therapies. While bridging the gap between basic research and clinical medicine, this series provides a thorough understanding of medicine’s potential to address health problems from both the patient’s and the provider’s perspectives in a healthcare setting. Each volume is essential reading for medical practitioners, medical students, nurses, fellows, residents, undergraduate and graduate students, educators, venture capitalists, policymakers, biomedical researchers, and general readers. The multidisciplinary approach of the series makes it a valuable reference for health care systems, the pharmaceutical industry, academia, and governments. However, unlike other series on medicine or medical texts, this series focuses on current trends, perspectives, and issues in medicine that are central to healthcare delivery in the 21st century.
The first two volumes in this series focus on the current issues in basic medical sciences, subjects that are fundamental to the practice of medicine. These subjects, traditionally taught in the first two years of medical school that precede clinical instruction, provide a core of basic knowledge crucial for the success in clinical medicine during rotations, training, and medical practice. The subsequent volumes are dedicated to clinical topics in medicine. This volume addresses advances in medical imaging, detection, and diagnostic technologies. Medical technological innovations in the past two decades continue to provide for safer, more accurate, and faster diagnosis for patients—a direct consequence of the advances in imaging and other technological breakthroughs. Hence, it is imperative that practitioners stay current with these latest advances to provide the best care for nursing and clinical practices. Given this backdrop, the current volume focuses on the tools, technologies, and techniques related to detection, imaging technologies, and diagnostics that are currently impacting medicine. The range of topics covered in this volume and the expertise of the contributing authors accurately reflect the rapidly evolving areas within medical diagnostics and imaging—from basic medical sciences to clinical specialties.
The Current Issues in Medicine series not only highlights current advances but also explores related topics such as translational medicine, regulatory science, neglected diseases, global pandemics, patent law, immunotoxicology, ethics, theranostics, big data, artificial intelligence, novel imaging tools, combination drug products, and novel therapies. Volumes 1 and 2 in this series are focused on current issues in basic medical science, subjects that are fundamental to the practice of medicine. Specifically, volume 1 covers biochemistry, genomics, physiology, and pharmacology.
Raj Bawa, PhD, MD, is president of Bawa Biotech LLC (founded 2002), a biotech/pharma consultancy and patent law firm based in Ashburn, Virginia. Trained as a microbiologist and biochemist, he is an inventor, author, entrepreneur, professor, and registered patent agent (since 2002) licensed to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office. He is currently scientific advisor to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Israel (since 2010); visiting research scholar at Pharmaceutical Research Institute of Albany Pharmacy, Albany, New York; and full professor (adjunct) at NOVA in Annandale, Virginia (since 2004). He is VP/chief IP officer at Guanine, Inc., in Rensselaer, New York (since 2017), a company focused on rapid, accurate detection of infective pathogens. Dr. Bawa has served as a principal investigator of various NCI research grants, and most recently as a principal investigator of a CDC grant to develop an assay for carbapenemase resistant bacteria. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, from 1998 to 2018. He held various positions at the US Patent Office, including primary examiner from 1996 to 2002. He earned a BSc (Honors School) in microbiology, MS in cancer biology, PhD in biophysics/biochemistry, and MD. Currently, he is a life member of Sigma Xi, cochair of the nanotech and precision medicine committees of the American Bar Association and founding director of the American Society for Nanomedicine (established 2008). He has authored over 100 publications, edited 10 texts, and serves on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed journals, including serving as an associate editor of Nanomedicine (Elsevier).