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Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition

Author(s): Jennifer Prekeges, MS, CNMT, Program Chair, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington
  • ISBN-13: 9781449652883
  • ISBN-10:1449652883
  • Product With Access Code    376 pages      © 2013
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Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition is included in the 2015 edition of the essential collection of Doody’s Core Titles.

Doody’s Review Service. Score: 100 - 5 Stars 

“The nuclear medicine community does not have another book like this, and this one is needed for training.”  ~ Ann Marie  Voslar, BS, Froedtert Hospital

A comprehensive guide to the practical aspects of nuclear medicine instruments, Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition prepares students to become skilled technologists. This informative reference covers nuclear medicine instruments from simple radiation detectors to complex positron emission tomography (PET) scanners, focusing on the operation of the most commonly used instruments and issues that arise in their use.

Designed to enable students to perform high-quality imaging, Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition emphasizes quality control, explaining how instruments can fail and how to improve the images obtained. The text includes more than 400 photographs, tables and illustrations, as well as sample calculations.


  • Provides sample calculations, highlighting quality control tests, dose calibrators, scintillation detectors, efficiency factor determination, and more
  • Contains Tables for reference in troubleshooting small instruments and improving planar and SPECT images
  • Covers new imaging instruments that are quite different in how they operate. Provides  a brief overview of each, at a level that makes them intelligible to the average student technologist
  • Includes excellent coverage of “Effect of Acquisition Parameters" for gamma cameras and SPECT

The Second Edition includes revised content and updated data throughout as well as a new chapter on Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Application to Nuclear Medicine and a new Appendix on Laboratory Accreditation.

What’s New in the Second Edition
•    Content and Data updated and revised throughout.
•    New: Chapter 19 Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Application to Nuclear Medicine.
•    Chapter 2 – includes a new concept map elucidating the operation of a scintillation detector, a better description of calibration, and clarification of energy resolution (the property being measured) vs. FWHM ( the mechanism by which it is measured).
•    Chapter 5 – the section on non-Anger cameras was rewritten to address planar devices only, with descriptions of non-Anger SPECT systems in Chapter 12.
•    Chapter 8 – the sections on background and noise have been rewritten.
•    Chapter 10 – the description of SPECT axes was changed to match that used for other types of tomographic imaging systems.
•    Chapter 12 – this chapter was updated to include recent improvements, a section on noise regularization, and more information on implementation and clinical benefits.  Both software methods of incorporating improvements and non-Anger 3D imaging systems are discussed.
•    Chapter 15 – photos of a PET tomograph taken apart are included, so that the reader can see crystals, septa, electronics, and a rod source.  The description of direct and cross-planes is expanded.  There is decreased emphasis on 2D vs. 3D imaging, and new sections on dynamic and gated imaging and organ-specific PET systems are included.
•    Chapter 16 – the section on the SUV is rewritten to reflect its increasing importance, and a new section on the benefits of time-of-flight PET is included.
•    Chapter 19 – this is a completely new chapter on MRI, written as the first PET/MRI scanners are coming into clinical use.  It aims to provide a modest rather than in-depth level of understanding of MRI as well as the technological challenges and clinical benefits of combining MRI with PET imaging.
•    Appendix A – extensively rewritten to emphasize the consequences of radiation interactions.
•    NEW: Appendix F – a new appendix on laboratory accreditation; references to the requirements of accrediting agencies are also sprinkled throughout the text as appropriate.

Each new textbook includes an access code for the Companion Website. Please note: Electronic formats/ebooks do not include access to the companion website.
Online access to the Companion Website may be purchased separately, see Resources, For Students tab below.

Features & Benefits

Chapter Pedagogy

  • Learning Outcomes
  • Boxed Features
  • Equations
  • Tables
  • Bulleted Lists
  • References
  • Additional Readings

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition also includes helpful Appendices and a Glossary.

Instructor Resources: Transition Guide, Image Bank, PowerPoint Presentations, and a Test Bank with over 650 test questions varying from Short Answer, Multiple Choice, True/False, Calculations, Essay and Matching.

Student Resources: A Companion Website,including: Crossword Puzzles, Interactive Flashcards, Interactive Glossary, Matching Exercises, Web Links

Applicable Courses

Nuclear medicine physics, nuclear medicine equipment, gamma cameras, radiology.

Part  I  Small Instruments
    Chapter  1  Gas-Filled Detectors
    Chapter  2  Scintillation Detectors
    Chapter  3  Semiconductor Detectors
    Chapter  4  Factors Relating to Radiation Measurement
Part  II  Gamma Camera
    Chapter  5  Gamma Camera
    Chapter  6  Image Digitization and Display
    Chapter  7  Collimators
    Chapter  8  Image Characteristics and Performance Measures in Planar Imaging
    Chapter  9  Departmental Quality Assurance and Quality Control of Gamma Cameras
Part  III  Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
    Chapter  10  Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT)
    Chapter  11  Image Characteristics and Effect of Acquisition Parameters in SPECT Imaging
    Chapter  12  Improving SPECT Images
    Chapter  13  Quality Control and Artifacts in SPECT
Part  IV  Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
    Chapter  14  Principles of Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
    Chapter  15  PET Instrumentation
    Chapter  16  Image Characteristics, Performance Measures, and Quantitation in PET
    Chapter  17  Quality Control and Artifacts in PET
    Chapter  18  Computed Tomography and Its Application to Nuclear Medicine
    Chapter  19  Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Its Application to Nuclear Medicine
  Appendix  A  Atomic Structure and Interactions of High-Energy Radiation
  Appendix  B  Basic Electronics and Devices
  Appendix  C  Film and Film Processing
  Appendix  D  Computer Fundamentals and Systems
  Appendix  E  Collimator Mathematics
  Appendix  F  Laboratory Accreditation

Jennifer Prekeges, MS, CNMT-Program Chair, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Bellevue College, Bellevue, Washington

Jennifer Prekeges received her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry in 1979 from Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA.  She was trained as a nuclear medicine technologist under Paul Brown at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Portland, OR, and returned to her home city of Seattle to work thereafter. She earned a master’s degree in radiologic sciences from the University of Washington in 1988, where her graduate research involved the proposed PET hypoxia imaging agent fluoromisonidazole. She founded the Bellevue College nuclear medicine technology program in 1989, and ran the program for 14 years while working as a staff nuclear medicine technologist at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. She came to the college on a full-time basis in 2003. In addition to her efforts on behalf of her program, Jennifer has served the profession in a variety of ways. She has been co-president of the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section; board member and secretary of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board; and reviewer and associate editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology. In addition to this text, she has authored a number of articles and one book chapter.

  • “The book is written for all nuclear medicine and PET personnel, and it is suitable both for those who are learning and those who have worked in the field for many years. The author, who has 20 years of experience as a technologist, started the nuclear medicine technology program at Bellevue College and has served as a director and secretary of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board and as a reviewer for the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.

    The book covers all of the instrumentation found in nuclear medicine and PET departments. The new chapter on MRI is a good addition. Each chapter contains learning outcomes, a brief introduction, summary, and a list of references. The second edition provides an online module, which includes exercises to aid in the learning process, such as flashcards and puzzles.

    The nuclear medicine community does not have another book like this, and this one is needed for training. It is obvious that the author is an educator. This edition is updated with a new chapter on MRI and is necessary due to the release of the first PET/MR scanner. The new appendix of accreditation is helpful to those new to the field.”

    ~ Ann Marie  Voslar, BS, Froedtert Hospital (For Doody’s Review Service. Score: 100 - 5 Stars)

The following instructor resources are available to qualified instructors for download

ISBN-13: 9781449652883

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Image Bank
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Slides in PowerPoint Format
Test Bank
Transition Guide

Companion Website for Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition

ISBN-13: 9781449652128

Online Access Code to Companion Website for Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation, Second Edition

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