Nuclear Medicine Physics, Instrumentation, and Data Processing in Pharmaceutical Research

  • Jonathan M. Links


Nuclear medicine techniques can play an important role in pharmaceutical research. In order to optimize the quantitative information which can be obtained from such studies, an appreciation of basic nuclear medicine physics, instrumentation, and data processing is required. The techniques to be considered here include both planar and tomographic imaging, the latter including both Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Since image and data processing are so central to quantification in nuclear medicine, these will be considered as well. In addition to this introduction to the basics of nuclear medicine instrumentation and data processing, several good books are available on this topic (Hendee, 1973; Sorenson and Phelps, 1987; Swenberg and Conklin, 1988).


Positron Emission Tomography Single Photon Emission Compute Tomography Photomultiplier Tube Comput Assist Nuclear Imaging 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan M. Links
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  1. 1.Department of RadiologyJohns Hopkins Medical InstitutionsUSA

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