PET & PET/CT Instrumentation: Performance & Quality Control.

This tutorial, with quiz; is ideal for a Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist wishing to earn 4 CEU credit.

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PET & PET/CT Instrumentation: Performance & Quality Control


Topics covered

  1. Positron and Negatron Decay, Commercial Production of Positron Emitters, Positron Emitting Radiopharmaceuticals, Positron-Electron Annihilation Reaction
  2. PET Scanner Design
  3. Tomographic Image Reconstruction
  4. Multi-Slice Scanner with Multiple Detector Rings; PET Detector Crystals, PET Scanner Crystal Block Design
  5. 2D Acquisition Method; 3D Acquisition Method
  6. Time-of-Flight PET; Time-of-Flight Reconstruction
  7. Commercially Available PET/CT Scanners
  8. Attenuation Artifacts, Attenuation Correction Density Maps
  9. Distribution of Scatter & Randoms, Single Detector Count Rate, Random Count Rate, Dead-Time Correction
  10. Standardized Uptake Value; VOI Extraction of SUV
  11. Calibrations & QC Tests; PET/CT Phantom
  12. PET and PET/CT Shielding Requirements; Isotope Shielding Considerations
  13. Whole Room Shielding; Portable Shields for Patients

At the completion of this course, one should be able to

  1. Provide an overview of PET, CT, and the hybrid PET/CT scanner
  2. Describe the instrumentation employed in those modalities
  3. Provide an overview of the special crystals used in PET scanners, including their physical properties.
  4. Define the term Standardized Uptake Value and explain its clinical significance
  5. Discuss the quality control procedures for the PET and CT scanners
  6. Describe the special shielding considerations for both modalities.

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