Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging

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  • Fred Mettler, MD, MPH, Department of Radiology, New Mexico Federal Regional Medical Center; Clinical and Emeritus Professor, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Health Sciences Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Milton Guiberteau, MD, Professor of Clinical Radiology, University of Texas Medical School at Houston; Chairman, Department of Radiology, St. Joseph's Hospital, Houston, TX

Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging, by Drs. Fred A Mettler and Milton J Guiberteau, provides the practical and comprehensive guidance you need to master key nuclear imaging techniques. From physics, instrumentation, quality control, and legal requirements to hot topics such as sodium fluoride, radiopharmaceuticals, and recommended pediatric administered doses and guidelines, this sixth edition covers the fundamentals and recent developments in the practice of nuclear medicine. This excellent resource in nuclear medicine also features access to the full text online at, high-quality images, and unknown case sets for self assessment.
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Book information

  • Published: January 2012
  • Imprint: SAUNDERS
  • ISBN: 978-1-4557-0104-9

Table of Contents

1. Radioactivity, Radionuclides, and Radiopharmaceuticals
2. Instrumentation and Quality Control
3. Central Nervous System
4. Thyroid, Parathyroid, and Salivary Glands
5. Cardiovascular System
6. Respiratory System
7. Gastrointestinal Tract
8. Skeletal System
9. Genitourinary System and Adrenal Glands
10. Non-PET Neoplasm Imaging and Radioimmunotherapy
11. 18F-FDG PET/CT Neoplasm Imaging
12. Inflammation and Infection Imaging
13. Authorized User and Radioisotope Safety Issues

Self Evaluation Section
Unknown Case Sets
Answers to Unknown Case Sets

Appendix A
Characteristics of Radionuclides for Imaging and Therapy

Appendix B-1
Radioactivity Conversion Table for International System (SI) Units (Becquerels to Curies)

Appendix B-2
Radioactivity Conversion Table for International System (SI) Units (Curies to Becquerels)

Appendix C-1
Technetium-99m Decay and Generation Tables

Appendix C-2
Other Radionuclide Decay Tables

Appendix D
Injection Techniques and Pediatric Dosages

Appendix E-1
Sample Techniques for Nuclear Imaging

Appendix E-2
Abnormal Radiopharmaceutical Distribution as a Result of Medications and Other Extrinsic Factors

Appendix F
Nonradioactive Pharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine

Appendix G
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Appendix H-1
General Considerations for Hospitalized Patients Receiving Radionuclide Therapy

Appendix H-2
Special Considerations and Requirements for Iodine-131 Therapy

Appendix I
Emergency Procedures for Spills of Radioactive Materials