The Clinical Applications of SPET

The Clinical Applications of SPET

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In the past nuclear medicine has tended to develop in cycles governed by the development of new radiopharmaceuticals followed or preceded by advances in instrumentation. The development of alternative techniques, such as X-Ray Computer Tomography, NMR Imaging and Ultrasound have also had a stimulating effect and pointed the way to new developments. The development of Positron Emission Tomography, while in itself of limited application because of high costs involved, provided a great deal of information which led to the development of new organ or disease specific, single photon emitting radiopharmaceuticals together with tomographic Gamma cameras, whereby detailed information on the biodistribution of the reagents could be obtained with accurate spatial resolution presented in a form suitable for comparison with the other imaging modalities. This technology, known as Single Photon Emission (Computer) Tomography (SPECT or SPET) is now an essential tool in nuclear medicine. The volume presents a basic guideline to the technology involved and discusses the application of the method to the investigation of various anatomical regions of the body.
The book is an aide memoire to the routine practitioner and a source of information for other medical specialists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 171.45 x 230 x 12.7mm | 635.03g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • index
  • 0792331877
  • 9780792331872

Table of contents

1. Instrumentation, hardware and methodology; M. Pillay. 2. Software philosophy; M. Pillay. 3. Radiopharmaceuticals for SPET; P.H. Cox. 4. Dosimetry; M. Pillay. 5. Brain SPET with drug receptors; H. Grunwald, C. Menzel, H.J. Biersack. 6. Cerebral perfusion studies with Technetium-99m HMPAO; P.H. Cox. 7. The use of SPET in the thorax; D.H.W. Schonfeld. 8. SPET of the abdomen; A.C. Perkins. 9. Skeletal SPET; P.J. Ryan, I. Fogelman. 10. Renal SPET; J. Buscombe, A. Hilson. 11. Future prospects for radiopharmaceuticals, instrumentation and dosimetry; P.H. Cox, M. Pillay.
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Review quote

If one of the purposes of this book was to supply a great deal of accurate and useful information in a small volume, it was fully achieved. ... This book is a nice way to be introduced to SPET and its role in nuclear medicine today. We can recommend it to beginners in the field, to people who wish to learn about SPET, and to nuclear medicine people who wish to refresh their knowledge in a pleasant way.' European Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 23: 4 (1996)
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