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. Positron emission tomography pet and single photon emission computed tomography spect are the nuclear medicine imaging modalities in which a radioactive tracer is used to create a picture of body parts radioactive tracers are carrier molecules and are specially used for scanning. Nuclear medicine imaging is used to diagnose conditions related to the heart lungs bone brain gi tract urinary tract renal spine and other areas they are particularly helpful in diagnosing cancer thyroid heart and gallbladder diseases along with alzheimers dementia and other brain conditions. Imaging in nuclear medicine occupies a niche that would appeal to medical physicists developing an interest in the specialty as well as practicing nuclear medicine physicians who would like to better understand the basis of the most recent developments in image processing and reconstruction reviewed by r petter tonseth md article history published online july 2014 published in print
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