Hungarian Radiology

[First Central and Eastern European Workshop on Quality Control, Patient Dosimetry and Radiation Protection in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine]

GÁSPÁRDY Géza

JUNE 20, 2007

Hungarian Radiology - 2007;81(03-04)

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