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THE IMPORTANCE OF PATIENT-SPECIFIC DOSE CALCULATIONS IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE

  • Stabin, Michael G. (RADAR Inc. and Vanderbilt University, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences)
  • Published : 2008.12.31

Abstract

As therapeutic uses of radionuclides in nuclear medicine increases, the use of patient-specific methods for calculation of radiation dose becomes more important. In this manuscript basic methods and resources for internal dose calculations are outlined, with a focus on how current changes and advances are making more accurate and detailed, patient-individualized dose calculations possible. Most current resources make use of standardized models of the human body representing median individuals, but the use of image-based and more realistic models will soon take their place, and will permit adjustments to represent individual patients and tailor therapy planning uniquely for each subject.

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