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Positron Emission Tomography

A Guide for Clinicians

  • Birendra Kishore Das

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Birendra Kishore Das
    Pages 1-6
  3. Prathamesh Joshi, Sandip Basu
    Pages 17-32
  4. B. R. Mittal, J. Mohan Roop
    Pages 33-36
  5. Birendra Kishore Das
    Pages 37-44
  6. Madhvi Tripathy, C. S. Bal
    Pages 45-55
  7. Madhvi Tripathy, C. S. Bal
    Pages 57-66
  8. Vandana Dhingra, Alok Pawaskar, Sandip Basu
    Pages 67-76
  9. P. K. Pradhan, Gowri Sankar
    Pages 77-81
  10. Birendra Kishore Das
    Pages 83-90
  11. B. R. Mittal, Rahul Parghane, J. Mohan Roop
    Pages 113-122
  12. P. K. Pradhan, Raveena Mubalsha
    Pages 123-136
  13. Birendra Kishore Das
    Pages 137-141
  14. Alok Pawaskar, Sandip Basu
    Pages 143-155
  15. Birendra Kishore Das
    Pages 157-168

About this book


This book provides basic information about the relatively new and evolving technology –positron emission tomography- for its clinical applications and practical guidance for the referring physicians. Chapters cover application of PET in various clinical settings including oncology, cardiology, and neurology with a focus on its role in various cancers. Because most of the new PET equipments come as hybrid machines with CT or MRI, two chapters have been included at the end of the book to provide basic and comprehensive information about these two technologies. Molecular imaging is going to revolutionize the way we practice medicine in the future. It will lead to more accurate diagnosis of diseases and its extent which will lead to better management and better outcomes. PET imaging is mostly used in oncology, neurology and cardiology but also finds application in other situations such as infection imaging. The main focus, of course, is in management of cancer patients. PET (PET-CT) is not only very sensitive as it can detect changes in abnormal biochemical processes at cellular level but in one go all such areas can be detected in a whole body scan. It can show response to therapy, eradication of the disease or recurrence during the follow-up period. Some cancers, especially lymphoma or cancers of the head and neck, brain, lung, colon, or prostate, in very early stage may show up more clearly on a PET scan than on a CT scan or an MRI. A PET scan can also measure such vital functions as blood flow, oxygen use, and glucose metabolism, which can help to evaluate the effectiveness of a patient’s treatment plan, allowing the course of care to be adjusted if necessary. Apart from its vital role in oncology it can estimate brain's blood flow and metabolic activity. A PET scan can help finding various nervous system disorders, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, TIA etc. PET scan is also increasingly being used to find poor blood flow to the heart, which may mean coronary artery disease. It can most accurately estimate the extent of damage to the heart tissue especially after a heart attack and help choose the best treatment, such as coronary artery bypass graft surgery, stenting or medical treatment. PET scan can also contribute significantly in identifying areas exactly where radiotherapy is to be targeted avoiding unnecessary radiation exposure to surrounding tissue.


Early detection of cancer PET application in breast cancer PET in Cancer PET in infection and inflammation PET in oncology

Editors and affiliations

  • Birendra Kishore Das
    • 1
  1. 1.DirectorUtkal Institute of Medical SciencesBhubaneswarIndia

About the editors

Prof.Dr. Birendra Kishore Das Director, Utkal Institute of Medical Sciences Jaydev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, India.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Positron Emission Tomography
  • Book Subtitle A Guide for Clinicians
  • Editors Birendra Kishore Das
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer India 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, New Delhi
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-81-322-2097-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-81-322-2998-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-81-322-2098-5
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 192
  • Number of Illustrations 22 b/w illustrations, 93 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imaging / Radiology
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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“This is a text and atlas on PET imaging for: Brain, head & neck, pulmonary, heart, liver, spleen, GU, GI, lymph system, and musculo-skeletal systems. … This book is for radiologists and nuclear medicine professionals at the training and expert levels. Residents and fellows working in the clinics and reading rooms will benefit from the multi-color illustrations.” (Joseph J. Grenier,, November, 2015)