Nuclear Medicine Resources

March 31, 2010 · Written by MDPhysics.com · mdphysicsblog@gmail.com

The rapid advances in nuclear medicine have made it essential for medical physicists to have a strong understanding of the field, its relevant technologies and clinical applications. With the increasing utilization of nuclear medicine in patient care, more and more medical physicists–whether to prepare for the boards or to understand new challenges in the workplace–are looking to increase their knowledge of nuclear medicine. We have fielded a few emails from readers regarding books and resources on nuclear medicine, so we have put together a listing of resources we feel are helpful to those looking for one or two nuclear medicine reference. And, as always, we welcome reader feedback: share your thoughts on our selections. Did we miss any books on our list? Leave a comment to let us know!

sorenson Physics in Nuclear Medicine by Simon Cherry, James Sorenson and Michael Phelps. This is the classic “Sorenson and Phelps” nuclear medicine text, but in its most recent edition has come to include a new author, Simon Cherry. This text gives the best treatment of the basic physics of nuclear medicine and instrumentation. It is considered by many to be the single must-have text in the subject of nuclear medicine. While this new edition has given more attention to modern imaging than older editions, it is lacking in PET/CT content, which is one of the most important and clinically relevant topics today.
wagner Questions and Answers in Nuclear Medicine by Robert Wagner, James Halama and Stephen Karesh. A popular choice among radiology residents, this book offers Q&A format, which makes it ideal for board preparation purposes. Question solutions are accompanied by detailed explanations. This book is ideal for prepping for the basics, as it was published in 1998. For more recent Q&A type books, check out Nuclear Medicine Board Review: Questions and Answers for Self-Assessment by C. Richard Goldfarb, Jeffrey Cooper, Steven Parmett, Lionel Zuckier, Fukiat Ongseng and Maroun Karam and Nuclear Medicine Technology: Review Questions for the Board Examinations by Karen Ramer and Abass Alavi.
christian Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Technology and Techniques by Paul Christian and Kristin Waterstram-Rich. Currently in its 6th edition (published 2007), this text offers excellent treatment of clinical applications and instrumentation. This book promises and delivers on PET/CT content.
sharp Practical Nuclear Medicine by Peter Sharp, H.G. Gemmell and Alison D. Murray. Covers technical details of many clinical applications and includes over 220 figures and 15 color plates. In its most recent edition (published 2005), the text has greatly expanded its content on imaging. Descriptions of modern imaging techniques, e.g. sentinel node, PET and PET/CT imaging, are provided as well as insightful comparisons between different imaging modalities (e.g. ventilation/perfusion scan versus CT imaging). Something you don’t see in other books: this text also provides a list of nuclear medicine equipment and radiopharmaceutical manufacturers. Selected pages of the book are available online on Google Books for free.


lin PET and PET/CT: A Clinical Guide by Eugene Lin and Abass Alavi. Available online on Google Books.
phelps PET: Physics, Instrumentation, and Scanners by Michael Phelps. Portions of the book are available online on Google books.
Phelps2 PET: Molecular Imaging and Its Biological Applications by Michael Phelps. The book is divided into seven chapters: PET physics and instrumentation, quantitative PET data analysis/kinetic modeling, cyclotrons and production of PET radiopharmaceuticals, molecular basis of disease, oncologic applications of PET, PET in cardiology, and PET in neurology. The chapter that has the most practical clinical information is the one on PET in oncology. This book is not meant to be solely a clinical perspective. This book, however, would is an appropriate reference for those in academic or research. The book contains close to 250 illustrations/diagrams. Portions of the book are available online on Google Books.

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  1. Mike Miller on April 5th, 2010 6:52 am

    Another book that is relevant to nuclear medicine, and physicists doing imaging in general), is “Biostatistics for Radiologists,” by Sadanelli and Di Leo. There are relatively few things out on the topic of statistical analysis of image-based studies, so this one is quite timely.

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