Stipulation of the third edition of the book, Basics of PET Imaging, has been prompted by many new developments in PET technology, equipment, and products since its second edition published in 2010. In this edition, new materials have been added, obsolete topics deleted, and pertinent contents updated. The purpose of the book remains the same as was for the previous editions—to fulfill the need for radiology and nuclear medicine professionals in their board examinations and practice.
The content of the book has been organized concisely in 14 chapters. Chapters 1 and 12 have no major change. In Chapter 2, information on detectors has been updated, and a new section on MR scanners and the principle of their operation has been added. Updated tables for specifications of PET, PET/CT, PET/MR, and animal scanners from different manufacturers have been incorporated. Chapter 3 contains a new section on PET/MR imaging. Iterative reconstruction method has been elaborated in Chapter 4. A table of PACS from different vendors has been added in Chapter 5. Chapter 6 contains a section on quality control of MR scanners. New positron emitting radionuclides with potential for human use have been included in Chapter 7, and similarly new PET radiopharmaceuticals have been added in Chapter 8. The original Chapter 9 has been split into two separate chapters to include FDA regulations in Chapter 9 and NRC regulations in Chapter 10 with updated information. Included in Chapter 11 is current updated information on reimbursement in healthcare. A new procedure for amyloid imaging in Alzheimer’s patients using 18F-florbetapir PET/CT imaging has been detailed in Chapter 13. A new Chapter 14 contains special topics of interest, such as absorbed doses from 18F-FDG and 82Rb-RbCl, SUV calculation in 18F-FDG tumor imaging, and the use of infusion pump in 82Rb-RbCl myocardial perfusion imaging, which were presented as appendices in past editions. In addition, four old appendices have been kept as before with minimal updating.
I would like to thank William C. Franz for his kind help in providing updated information on reimbursement in healthcare, which are included in Chapter 11. My special thanks are due to Ms Janet Foltin, Senior Editor, Clinical Medicine, of Springer Science and Business Media, Inc., who graciously encouraged and supported me in pursuing the third edition. I also sincerely thank Mr. Patrick Carr, production editor, for kind support in the production of the book. I would like to thank the SPi-Global of Chennai, India for the excellent production of the book