2012 AAPM Annual Meeting
Osama Mawlawi, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 77030, United States
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Combined PET/CT imaging has become a routine imaging technique in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine alike. In this regard a thorough understanding of this modality’s quality assurance and control procedures including acceptance testing is a necessary pre-requisite to ensure the optimal performance of this imaging modality. This session is designed to explain the QA and QC procedures for a PET/CT scanner with examples from two different manufacturers. The session will also cover the frequency of these tests and the elements to implement a QA/QC program for PET/CT imaging. Finally the session will cover the NEMA standard for acceptance testing of PET scanners and their meanings as well as additional recommended tests for hybrid (PET/CT) systems.

Learning Objectives:
1. Summarize the signal processing steps for coincidence detection
2. Understand the components of a daily QA procedure
3. Identify and trouble shoot possible sources of failure in daily QA
4. List the recommended frequency of QA/QC tests
5. Describe the process of scanner calibration
6. Name the different components of the NEMA test used for PET acceptance testing
7. Understand the meaning of the results of the NEMA tests.

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