Basic Principles of PET-CT Imaging

  • Deborah ToutEmail author
  • John Dickson
  • Andy Bradley
Part of the Clinicians’ Guides to Radionuclide Hybrid Imaging book series (CGRHI)


PET-CT imaging has become a very powerful tool in cancer imaging; it utilises the detection of the radiation emitted from radionuclides that decay by positron (β+) emission. This chapter looks into the physical principles of this technique, factors that affect the quality of the images produced and some of the artefacts and problems that may be encountered.


Positron Emission Tomography Standardise Uptake Value Positron Emission Tomography Imaging Attenuation Correction Positron Emission Tomography Scanner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biomedical Technology ServicesGold Coast University HospitalSouthportAustralia
  2. 2.Department of Nuclear MedicineUniversity College London Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustLondonUK
  3. 3.Nuclear Medicine CentreManchester Royal InfirmaryManchesterUK

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