Introduction -- Part I: Basic Principles and Physics of Nuclear Medical Imaging -- The Role of Imaging in Nuclear Medicine: The Medical Perspective -- Physics of Imaging in Nuclear Medicine -- Tomographic and Hybrid Imaging in Nuclear Medicine -- Perspectives in Nuclear Medicine Tomography: A Physicist’s Point of View -- Part II: Data Acquisition and Image Processing -- Reconstruction Algorithms and Scanning Geometries in Tomographic Imaging -- Advances in SPECT Image Reconstruction -- Noise Reduction -- New Approaches to Quality Assurance -- Part III: New Concepts in Nuclear Medical Imaging -- The EURATOM FP7 Collaborative Project MADEIRA -- Image Magnification with PET Insert Probe -- Part IV: Optimization of Nuclear Medical Imaging -- Rules of the Thumb
This volume addresses a wide range of issues in the field of nuclear medicine imaging, with an emphasis on the latest research findings. Initial chapters set the scene by considering the role of imaging in nuclear medicine from the medical perspective and discussing the implications of novel agents and applications for imaging. The physics at the basis of the most modern imaging systems is described, and the reader is introduced to the latest advances in image reconstruction and noise correction. Various novel concepts are then discussed, including those developed within the framework of the EURATOM FP7 MADEIRA research project on the optimization of imaging procedures in order to permit a reduction in the radiation dose to healthy tissues. Advances in quality control and quality assurance are covered, and the book concludes by listing rules of thumb for imaging that will be of use to both beginners and experienced researchers.