© 2006


Physics, Instrumentation, and Scanners

  • Michael E. Phelps

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. PET: Physics, Instrumentation, and Scanners

    1. Simon R. Cherry, Magnus Dahlbom
      Pages 1-117
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 118-130

About this book


Derived from the critically acclaimed reference PET: Molecular Imaging and Its Biological Applications, edited by Michael E. Phelps, Ph.D., this handbook provides a clear and concise introduction to the physics and instrumentation aspects of PET imaging. Comprised of select material from the parent volume, this book is gives the reader a solid understanding of PET fundamentals, including how PET data are collected and formed into an image. Other topics include basic physics, detector technology used in modern PET scanners, data acquisition, 3-D reconstruction, and methods for evaluating the performance of PET systems. A variety of modern PET imaging systems is discussed, ranging from those designed for clinical services and research to those used in small-animal imaging. As the importance of PET imaging in nuclear medicine and radiology grows, the need for a reliable resource increases. PET: Physics, Instrumentation, and Scanners is a handy guide to this important field.


Cherry Instrumentation PET Physics Scanners positron emission tomography

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of California, DavisDavisUSA
  2. 2.Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology/Nuclear Medicine, David Geffen School of MedicineUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

Editors and affiliations

  • Michael E. Phelps
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Molecular and Medical PharmacologyUniversity of California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Molecular MedicineUniversity of California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Crump Institute for Molecular ImagingUniversity of California School of MedicineLos AngelesUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title PET
  • Book Subtitle Physics, Instrumentation, and Scanners
  • Editors Michael E. Phelps
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-32302-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2183-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-34946-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 130
  • Number of Illustrations 73 b/w illustrations, 4 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nuclear Medicine
    Imaging / Radiology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
Health & Hospitals
Nuclear Medicine


From the reviews:

"This book is intended as a handbook on the principles of PET imaging, proceeding from the basic physics behind positron emission through to the techniques of analysis of PET images. … In summary, we think this book will be extremely valuable reading both for nuclear medicine physicians, who will find it useful in refreshing knowledge of basic concepts and as a quick reference, and for technicians and residents who are starting their work on PET." (Mario Quarantelli and Anna Prinster, European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Vol. 34, 2007)