Atlas of SPECT Quality Control and Examples of Artifacts

  • L. Stephen Graham
  • Ralph R. Lake
  • Marvin B. Cohen
Part of the Atlases of Clinical Nuclear Medicine book series (ATLASES)

Abstract

Numerous articles have documented the advantages of Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) in a wide variety of clinical studies.1–4 The production of high quality diagnostic studies demands the highest performance from the camera and computer and careful attention to detail by the technologist conducting the study. Scintillation cameras with minor nonuniformities may give satisfactory planar images but if used for SPECT imaging may produce images that provide less diagnostic information or even create false positives.5,6 The purpose of this chapter is to describe a quality control (QC) program, to recommend the appropriate frequencies for performing quality control tests, and to provide examples of common problems. The following topics will be discussed: X and Y axes calibration, center-of-rotation, field uniformity correction, and phantoms.

Keywords

Attenuation Radio Nuclide Assure Sine Stein 

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  • L. Stephen Graham
  • Ralph R. Lake
  • Marvin B. Cohen

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