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Statistical Computing in Nuclear Imaging

1st Edition

By Arkadiusz Sitek

CRC Press

275 pages | 76 B/W Illus.

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Statistical Computing in Nuclear Imaging introduces aspects of Bayesian computing in nuclear imaging. The book provides an introduction to Bayesian statistics and concepts and is highly focused on the computational aspects of Bayesian data analysis of photon-limited data acquired in tomographic measurements.

Basic statistical concepts, elements of decision theory, and counting statistics, including models of photon-limited data and Poisson approximations, are discussed in the first chapters. Monte Carlo methods and Markov chains in posterior analysis are discussed next along with an introduction to nuclear imaging and applications such as PET and SPECT.

The final chapter includes illustrative examples of statistical computing, based on Poisson-multinomial statistics. Examples include calculation of Bayes factors and risks as well as Bayesian decision making and hypothesis testing. Appendices cover probability distributions, elements of set theory, multinomial distribution of single-voxel imaging, and derivations of sampling distribution ratios. C++ code used in the final chapter is also provided.

The text can be used as a textbook that provides an introduction to Bayesian statistics and advanced computing in medical imaging for physicists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. It is also a valuable resource for a wide spectrum of practitioners of nuclear imaging data analysis, including seasoned scientists and researchers who have not been exposed to Bayesian paradigms.

Table of Contents

Basic Statistical Concepts


Before- and After-the-Experiment Concepts

Definition of Probability

Joint and Conditional Probabilities

Statistical Model


Pre-Posterior and Posterior

Extension to Multi–Dimensions

Unconditional and Conditional Independence


Elements of Decision Theory


Loss Function and Expected Loss

After-the-Experiment Decision Making

Before-the-Experiment Decision Making

Robustness of the Analysis

Counting Statistics

Introduction to Statistical Models

Fundamental Statistical Law

Exact Models of Photon-Limited Data

Poisson Approximation

Normal Distribution Approximation

Monte Carlo Methods in Posterior Analysis

Monte Carlo Approximations of Distributions

Monte Carlo Integrations

Monte Carlo Summations

Markov Chains

Basics of Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear Radiation

Radiation Detection in Nuclear Imaging

Nuclear Imaging

Dynamic Imaging and Kinetic Modeling

Applications of Nuclear Imaging

Statistical Computing

Computing Using Poisson-Multinomial Statistics

Examples of Statistical Computing

Appendix A Probability Distributions

Appendix B Elements of Set Theory

Appendix C Multinomial Distribution of Single-Voxel Imaging

Appendix D Derivations of Sampling Distribution Ratios

Appendix E Equation (6.11)

Appendix F C++ Code of the OE Algorithm for STS


About the Author

Arkadiusz Sitek is an associate physicist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He received his doctorate from the University of British Columbia in Canada and since 2001 has worked as a nuclear imaging scientist in the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Beth Israel Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital before joining Massachusetts General Hospital. He has authored more than 100 scientific journal and proceedings papers, book chapters, and patents, and served as a principal investigator on nuclear imaging research projects. Dr. Sitek is a practitioner of the Bayesian school of thought and a member of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis.

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