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Nuclear Medicine Physics: A Handbook for Teachers and Students

The IAEA has recently published the ‘Nuclear Medicine Physics: A Handbook for Teachers and Students’. This publication provides the basis for the education of medical physicists initiating their university studies in the field of nuclear medicine. The handbook includes 20 chapters and covers topics relevant to nuclear medicine physics, including basic physics for nuclear medicine, radionuclide production, imaging and non-imaging detectors, quantitative nuclear medicine, internal dosimetry in clinical practice and radionuclide therapy. It provides, in the form of a syllabus, a comprehensive overview of the basic medical physics knowledge required for the practice of medical physics in modern nuclear medicine.

The handbook is freely downloadable from the IAEA website. Teaching slides have been developed for each chapter of the handbook. They can be downloaded here.


1. Basic Physics for Nuclear Medicine
2. Basic Radiobiology
3. Radiation Protection
4. Radionuclide Production
5. Statistics for Radiation Measurements
6. Basic Radiation Detectors
7. Electronics Related to Nuclear Medicine Imaging Devices
8. Generic Performance Measures
9. Physics in the Radiopharmacy
10. Non-Imaging Detectors and Counters
11. Nuclear Medicine Imaging Devices
12. Computers in Nuclear Medicine
13. Image Reconstruction
14. Nuclear Medicine Image Display
15. Devices for Evaluating Imaging Systems
16. Functional Measurements in Nuclear Medicine
17. Quantitative Nuclear Medicine
18. Internal Dosimetry
19. Radionuclide Therapy
20. Management of Therapy Patients
Appendix I. Artefacts and Trouble-Shooting
Appendix II. Radionuclides of Interest in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Nuclear Medicine