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1st Edition

Statistical Computing in Nuclear Imaging

ISBN 9781439849347
Published December 17, 2014 by CRC Press
275 Pages - 76 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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

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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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