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nuclear medicine procedures pdf

nuclear medicine procedures

nuclear medicine procedures pdf
nuclear medicine procedures pdf

       The number of diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures has grown in the first few years of the new century. Nuclear cardiology has diversified, stimulating development of new equipment and imaging protocols. Gated myocardial perfusion imaging completed with quantification is now a standard procedure. Faster computers have led to improved reconstruction techniques, higher image quality, increased patient throughput and more automated acquisition and processing protocols. In addition automated processing and reporting and tele-radiology have made higher workloads possible despite the decreasing amount of money available.

   In this volume of the Medical Radiology series, imaging procedures in the nuclear medicine field are presented and put in perspective. The success of the first edition has led to this revised book, with updates and additions. The influence of molecular  biology is readily appreciable and a move from functional to molecular imaging is in progress. Gene imaging is promising and initial results are visible on the horizon, although gene therapy for human disease has stalled temporarily because of unanticipated side effects.The predicted demise of nuclear medicine as a separate imaging specialty has not come true. On the contrary, multi-modality and molecular imaging are now in vogue. 

      The introduction of PET/CT in the work-up of patients with cancer is a prominent new feature of this edition. Pharmacological interventions and new radiopharmaceuticals have broadened the number of applications and increased the accuracy of  available tests. Hepato-biliary scintigraphy is now covered in a separate chapter.
This volume documents many of the advances around the turn of the century and provides an update of the diagnostic nuclear medicine field. It is organized into three sections: clinical applications, basics and future prospects. The publishers and I are grateful to the many participants who devoted their time to the chapters, enabling the readers – students and professionals – to get an overview. Radiologists, nuclear medicine specialists and technologists, and interested physicians will find this.