The field of nuclear medicine is expanding rapidly, with the development of exciting new diagnostic methods and treatments relevant to a variety of diseases. This growth is closely associated with significant advances in radiation physics. In this book, acknowledged experts explain the basic principles of radiation physics in relation to nuclear medicine and examine important novel approaches in the field. The first section is devoted to what might be termed the "building blocks" of nuclear medicine, including the mechanisms of interaction between radiation and matter and Monte Carlo codes. In subsequent sections, radiation sources for medical applications, radiopharmaceutical development and production, and radiation detectors are discussed in detail. New frontiers are then explored, including the PET magnifying probe, improved algorithms for image reconstruction, biokinetic models, and voxel phantoms for internal dosimetry. Both trainees and experienced practitioners and researchers will find this book to be an invaluable source of up-to-date information.
Content Level » Professional/practitioner
Keywords » Algorithms for image reconstruction - Monte Carlo simulations - Nuclear medical imaging - PET magnifying probe - Radiopharmaceuticals
Related subjects » Applied & Technical Physics - Chemistry - Nuclear Medicine
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The role of radiation physics in nuclear medicine.- The molecular imaging pathway to biomedical physics.- Fundamental processes on radiation physics: Mechanisms of interaction between radiation and matter. Principles of calculation: Monte Carlo codes.- Radiation sources and radiopharmaceutical production: Radiation sources for medical applications. Radiopharmaceutical production. Research and development of new radiopharmaceuticals.- Radiation detectors for medical applications: Basic principles of detection for ionizing radiation. Semiconductor and scintillator detectors. New trends in radiation detectors.- New frontiers in nuclear medicine: The PET magnifying probe. Algorithms for image reconstruction. Biokinetic models. Voxel phantoms for internal dosimetry.