Guide to Hand Tools
TSTC Publishing, of Texas State Technical College (TSTC), Waco, Tex, releases The Hand Tools Manual. Helping to demonstrate correct tool usage via detailed explanations, the book contains more than 250 illustrations. Author Thomas Dutton, a biomedical technology equipment instructor at TSTC, wrote the book to provide biomeds and other hands-on workers with a comprehensive resource that details each specific tool’s history, design, and proper usage to help them locate the right tool for the job. Individual chapters cover pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers, hammers, punches, chisels, and other commonly used hand tools. The end of each chapter contains glossaries, review questions, and suggested additional resources.
The book is available through Baker & Taylor, Amazon.com, and TSTC Publishing’s e-commerce site.
Phantom for Hybrid Scanning Systems
Computerized Imaging Reference Systems Inc (CIRS), Norfolk, Va, offers its model 802 gillian QA phantom for evaluation and verification of image distortion and alignment in hybrid scanning systems, such as SPECT/CT, PET/CT, and CT/MRI. Easy to fill and drain, the phantom consists of a watertight acrylic cylinder that can be filled with a variety of fluids. Four non-parallel rods of varying diameter run the entire length of the cylinder. The geometric shape allows for quick visual interpretation and independent assessment of equipment function.
Images produced with the phantom can quickly and clearly show any mismatch in the fused images.