Nuclear MedicinePractical Physics, Artifacts, and Pitfalls

Nuclear MedicinePractical Physics, Artifacts, and Pitfalls

Daniel A. Pryma

Print publication date: Sep 2014

ISBN: 9780199918034

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Abstract

In contrast to most anatomic radiographic imaging techniques, nuclear medicine permits real time, non-invasive imaging of human physiology and pathophysiology and also allows for exquisite targeting of disease with therapeutic radiology. To open this window to the processes of human disease, one must first understand the physical processes behind radioactive decay and emission, as well the principles of radiation detection. Practical Nuclear Medicine Physics provides residents and practitioners in nuclear medicine and radiology a readable explanation of the physics concepts underpinning nuclear imaging and how they impact the utilization and interpretation of those images. Following a brief introductory section, it provides numerous case examples, illustrating various imaging artefacts and pitfalls that can be recognized and remedied with a solid understanding of the physics behind the procedure.