Chapter 11

Emerging Concept in Nuclear Medicine

The Voxel Imaging PET (VIP) Project

Mokhtar Chmeissani, Gianluca De Lorenzo, and Machiel Kolstein

11.1 Introduction

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a fundamental nuclear medicine diagnostic tool for molecular imaging. Although the first time a PET scanner was used for oncology was in 1982 [1], it took a long time before PET could be used as a full-fledged operational diagnostic device. In the 1970s and early 1980s, the lack of interest of the radiology community made it difficult to establish a successful market for PET and companies that fabricated PET devices had difficulties in surviving. Two of the main obstacles were the need to have a cyclotron machine and a team to make the radiotraces ...

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