Technologists’ Guide

Hybrid Imaging in conventional nuclear medicine

October 2020

Since the introduction of hybrid imaging, nuclear medicine has experienced a great development within its practices and conventional nuclear medicine has benefited greatly from the application of hybrid imaging.

The definition of hybrid being the product of combining two or more different things, it is evident that the purpose of any such combination is to extract the best qualities from them both and minimise their respective limitations. It is thus vitally important that both technologies are profoundly understood, not only in their individual characteristics but also in their combined use. The desired synergies can only be realised if the hybrid application makes optimum use of the respective technologies.

Nuclear medicine technologists interact directly with the patient in the imaging context and are thus the professionals that bridge the gap between all the background science and engineering and the patient. These professionals are equipped with the skills necessary to use the imaging technology, for which they require a combination of theoretical and practical competencies. With this in mind, this book starts by outlining the basic concepts of physics, reconstruction methods and quality control procedures that allow image formation. This is followed by a discussion of clinical applications of hybrid conventional imaging, with a practical focus to facilitate implementation and develop good practice. The later chapters of the book address the topic of molecular therapy and outline hybrid imaging’s contribution to this field.

As ever, the Tech Guide has a practical content, with a focus on hands-on advice for technologists, showing the artefacts and pitfalls when imaging and the role of the technologist in achieving high standards of quality.

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