Practical aspects of SPECT/CT imaging

Author(s): Dr Siram Vaidyanathan, Dr Chirag Patel

Hospital: Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Reference: RAD Magazine, 40, 470, 15-16


Hybrid imaging with SPECTCT, combining functional single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with anatomic computed tomography (CT), has evolved over the last decade with advances in both technology and clinical application. While overshadowed by the phenomenal success of PETCT, there has been increasing accessibility to multi-slice SPECT/CT aided by a wide range of clinically available radiotracers, lower cost and existing infrastructure within most nuclear medicine and/or radiology departments.

In this article, we will discuss the evolution of SPECT/CT technology, list the wide range of clinical applications and explore some of the practical aspects of incorporating multi-slice SPECTCT into clinical practice.

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