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203: Physics of Nuclear Medicine and Internal Dosimetry 

 

Physics of Nuclear Medicine

Faculty

John Kandarakis

George Loudos

George Fountos

Content

Introductory elements of Nuclear Physics. Radioactivity. Production of Radioactive Isotopes: Isotope Generators, Cyclotron etc. Radiopharmaceuticals. Radiation Detectors (Photon counting systems): Scintillators. Photomultipliers, Collimators.  Pulse shaping. Pulse Height Analyzers. Gamma-ray Spectrometry Energy Resolution. Imaging Systems (Gamma Camera) and Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT). Annihilation Effect and Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Image Reconstruction Techniques. Non-conventional Imaging and Counting Systems for specific applications (Camera based on proportional counter techniques, Solid State Imaging Detectors, in vitro counting techniques: gamma and beta counters, Whole-Body Counters and instruments for functional parameters estimation). Small Animal Imaging Systems. Image Quality in Nuclear Medicine.  Internal Dosimetry.  Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine.  Quality Control Protocols.  Monte Carlo Methods and applications in Nuclear Medicine. Principles of Molecular Imaging.     

Objectives

To provide knowledge on the physical and scientific principles behind Nuclear Medicine methods and instrumentation as well as to introduce the principal Internal Dosimetry methods and Quality Control techniques used in Nuclear Medicine applications.     

 

Nuclear Medicine

Faculty

Pavlos Vassilakos

Dimitrios Apostolopoulos

Content

 

Objectives

 

Nuclear Cardiology

Faculty

Panagiotis Georgoulias

Content

Nuclear Medicine techniques and clinical applications in Cardiology

Objectives

At the end of the lectures, attendees should have basic knowledge on the cardiac anatomy and physiology.

Students are informed on the latest developments in radiotracers and scintigraphic techniques (acquisition – processing protocols) for myocardial perfusion and function imaging, and should be able to recognize related artifacts.

Finally, they should also be aware of the significant clinical applications of Nuclear Medicine for diagnosis and management of heart diseases.