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Problems and Solutions in Medical Physics

Nuclear Medicine Physics, 1st Edition

By Kwan Hoong Ng, Chai Hong Yeong, Alan Christopher Perkins

CRC Press

139 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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The second in a three-volume set exploring Problems and Solutions in Medical Physics, this volume explores common questions and their solutions in Nuclear Medicine. This invaluable study guide should be used in conjunction with other key textbooks in the field to provide additional learning opportunities.

Topics include radioactivity and nuclear transformation, radionuclide production and radiopharmaceuticals, non-imaging detectors and counters, instrumentation for gamma imaging, SPECT and PET/CT, imaging techniques, radionuclide therapy, internal radiation dosimetry, and quality control and radiation protection in nuclear medicine. Each chapter provides examples, notes, and references for further reading to enhance understanding.


  • Consolidates concepts and assists in the understanding and applications of theoretical concepts in medical physics
  • Assists lecturers and instructors in setting assignments and tests
  • Suitable as a revision tool for postgraduate students sitting medical physics, oncology, and radiology sciences examinations

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction.

Chapter 2: Radioactivity and Nuclear Transformation.

Chapter 3: Radionuclide Production and Radiopharmaceutical.

Chapter 4: Non-Imaging Detectors and Counters.

Chapter 5: Instrumentation for Gamma Imaging.

Chapter 6: SPECT and PET Imaging.

Chapter 7: Image Quality in Nuclear Medicine.

Chapter 8: Radionuclide Therapy.

Chapter 9: Internal Radiation Dosimetry.

Chapter 10: Quality Control in Nuclear Medicine.

Chapter 11: Radiation Safety and Protection.

About the Authors


Kwan Hoong Ng, PhD, FinstP, DABMP, received his MSc (medical physics) from the University of Aberdeen and PhD (medical physics) from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. He is certified by the American Board of Medical Physicists. Professor Ng was honoured as one of the top 50 medical physicists in the world by the International Organization of Medical Physics (IOMP) in 2013. He also received the International Day of Medical Physics Award in 2016. He has authored/co-authored over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 25 book chapters and co-edited 5 books. He has presented over 500 scientific papers and more than 300 invited lectures. He has also organised and directed several workshops on radiology quality assurance, digital imaging and scientific writing. He has directed research initiatives in breast imaging, intervention radiology, radiological safety and radiation dosimetry. Professor Ng serves as a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the World Health Organization (WHO), in addition to previously serving as a consulting expert for the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). He is the founding and emeritus president of the South East Asian Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (SEAFOMP) and is a past president of the Asia-Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (AFOMP).

Chai Hong Yeong, PhD, is a medical physicist and an associate professor at the School of Medicine, Taylor’s University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Dr. Yeong received her BSc degree in health physics in 2005, master of medical physics in 2007, and PhD in medical physics in 2012. She is currently a council member of the Asia-Oceania Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (AFOMP), South East Asia Federation of Organizations for Medical Physics (SEAFOMP), Malaysian Institute of Physics (IFM) and a founding member of the ASEAN College of Medical Physics (ACOMP). Dr. Yeong has published more than 36 peer-reviewed journal papers, one academic book, 2 book chapters, 10 proceedings and more than 80 scientific papers. Her research interests focus on theranostics, image-guided minimally invasive cancer therapies, nanotherapeutics, 3D printing and radiation protection in medicine. She is currently leading the Cancer Innovation and Metabolic research group at the Taylor’s University.

Alan Christopher Perkins, PhD, FIPEM, HonFRCP, is a clinical professor of medical physics in the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham and honorary consultant clinical scientist at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust where he is a divisional lead for research and innovation. He has had over 35 years’ experience in nuclear medicine and medical physics and broad managerial experience in the NHS. He has undertaken extensive research and development work with clinical, academic and industrial collaborators in nuclear medicine, gastroenterology, radiopharmacology, drug delivery and radiation protection. His contribution to this work has resulted in authorship of over 200 peer-reviewed publications and 6 published books. Professor Perkins is a past president of the British Nuclear Medicine Society and the International Research Group on Immuno-scintigraphy and Therapy, a previous vice president of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and currently a governor and chair of the Research Strategy Board for Coeliac UK. He is an editor of the UK journal Nuclear Medicine Communications, and for over nine years has represented the UK on the High-Level Group for the Security of Medical Radioisotope Supplies at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He has consulted for a number of commercial organisations and has acted as an expert witness for pharmaceutical litigation in the United States.

About the Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Biotechnology
MEDICAL / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine
SCIENCE / Physics