Positron emission tomography imaging of the kidneys

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Positron emission tomography is a rapidly growing field of clinical nuclear medicine with most frequent applications in oncology and less frequent applications in cardiology and neurology. Recent developments have resulted in instruments that can image the whole body within 10–15 minutes, at a spatial resolution of 5–6 mm and counting sensitivities of 30 cps/Bq/ml.1 The advantage of PET is that the images are readily corrected for radioisotope decay, radiopharmaceutical dose, tissue attenuation and scatter. The concentration of the radiopharmaceutical can be calibrated and displayed in MBq/ml, kBq/ml/MBq injected dose or mEq/ml. These properties of PET make quantification of renal blood flow and glomerular filtration rate (GFR) straightforward and also make imaging of molecular targets including enzymes and receptors of the kidneys possible. Despite the many advantages, clinical applications of PET are still in their early development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFunctional Imaging in Nephro-Urology
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780203004487
ISBN (Print)9781841845111
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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