Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

  • Michel M. Ter-Pogossian
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSE, volume 61)


Among emerging medical diagnostic imaging modalities, positron emission tomography, often abbreviated to its acronym “PET”, belongs in the category of nuclear medicine. Indeed, the image forming variable in PET is the distribution in the structure under study of a radionuclide administered systemically in the form of a selected radiopharmaceutical prior to the imaging procedure. Yet a number of specific features endow PET with a distinct identity within the broader category of nuclear medicine imaging.


Positron Emission Tomography Scintillation Detector Annihilation Photon Nuclear Medicine Imaging Positron Emission Tomography Examination 
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© Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, The Hague 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel M. Ter-Pogossian
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  1. 1.The Edward Mallinckrodt Institute of RadiologyWashington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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