Molecular Imaging and Its Biological Applications

  • Michael E. Phelps

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Simon R. Cherry, Magnus Dahlbom
    Pages 1-124
  3. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir
    Pages 125-216
  4. Nagichettiar Satyamurthy
    Pages 217-269
  5. Jorge R. Barrio
    Pages 270-320
  6. Johannes Czernin
    Pages 321-388
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 585-621

About this book


This book is written as both a text and a reference book. It contains numerous images from the biological sciences and clinical practice, tables, graphs, and fig­ ures, as well as exercises that are worked out to aid the reader in understanding principles or solving problems. In some cases, derivations are placed in appen­ dices so as not to break up the flow of the subject matter in the text. The book is intended for a broad audience interested in molecular imaging with positron emission tomography (PET). It is expected that the readers will range from undergraduate, graduate, and medical students to residents, physi­ cians, and scientists with backgrounds from various physical, biological, and medical specialty areas. Each chapter presents material in a straightforward man­ ner that is well illustrated and explained. Because of the diverse audience for the book, certain chapters or sections of chapters will be of more interest than oth­ ers to certain segments of the readership. Chapter 1 introduces the fundamental physics upon which PET imaging sys­ tems is based and discusses in detail the technologies and methods used to pro­ duce PET images. The chapter starts out by reviewing the physics of positron emission and annihilation and explains how positron range and photon non­ colinearity in coincidence detection place certain limits on spatial resolution.


cancer computed tomography (CT) imaging molecular imaging positron emission tomography (PET) tomography

Authors and affiliations

  • Michael E. Phelps
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, Institute for Molecular Medicine, Crump Institute for Molecular ImagingUniversity of California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

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