Basic Physics of Nuclear Medicine
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Nuclear Medicine is a fascinating application of nuclear physics. The first ten chapters of this wikibook are intended to support a basic introductory course in an early semester of an undergraduate program. They assume that students have completed decent high school programs in maths and physics and are concurrently taking subjects in the medical sciences. Additional chapters cover more advanced topics in this field. Our focus in this wikibook is the diagnostic application of Nuclear Medicine. Therapeutic applications are considered in a separate wikibook, "Radiation Oncology".
A companion wikibook on the Basic Physics of Digital Radiography is also available.
- Atomic & Nuclear Structure
- Radioactive Decay
- The Radioactive Decay Law
- Units of Radiation Measurement
- Interaction of Radiation with Matter
- Attenuation of Gamma-Rays
- Gas-Filled Radiation Detectors
- Scintillation Detectors
- Nuclear Medicine Imaging Systems
- Computers in Nuclear Medicine
- Fourier Methods
- X-Ray CT in Nuclear Medicine
- PACS and Advanced Image Processing
- Three-Dimensional Visualization Techniques
- Patient Dosimetry
- Production of Radioisotopes
- Chapter Review
- Dynamic Studies in Nuclear Medicine
- Deconvolution Analysis
- Sonography & Nuclear Medicine
- MRI & Nuclear Medicine
- Dual-Energy Absorptiometry
The principal author of this text is KieranMaher, who is very grateful for the expert editorial assistance of Dirk Hünniger during his German translation of the text and his contribution to the section on the Operation of a 99m-Tc Generator.
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- Australian & New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine - the main nuclear medicine society in Australia; there is also a Victorian Branch website.
- National Nuclear Data Center - US Brookhaven National Lab's enormous databank of nuclear physics information, including Nuclear Medicine dosimetry data.
- Radiation and Us - covers common sources of natural and artificial radiation - in the environment, in the home, in the workplace and in medicine.
- Society of Nuclear Medicine - the main nuclear medicine society in the USA - describes what nuclear medicine is and how it relates to other medical imaging modalities. Career information is also included.
- American Society of Nuclear Cardiology - the main nuclear cardiology society in the USA.
- VSNMT - the Victorian Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologists