Special Issue "Imaging Technology for Nuclear Medicine: Recent Advances and Future Outlook"

A special issue of Journal of Imaging (ISSN 2313-433X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Sarah Bugby
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Guest Editor
Centre for Sensing and Imaging Science, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
Interests: nuclear medicine; intraoperative imaging; X-ray/gamma detection; scintillator detectors; compound semiconductor detectors; imaging analysis; Monte Carlo modelling
Dr. Dimitra Darambara
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Guest Editor
Joint Department of Physics, Division of Radiotherapy and Imaging, The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Interests: conceptual design; development and realisation of emerging quantitative imaging techniques and innovative instrumentation; X-ray photon-counting and multi-spectral semiconductor detectors; X- and gamma-ray semiconductor detectors; Monte Carlo and Finite Element modelling for advanced sytem performance optimisation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nuclear medicine, and molecular imaging based on radionuclides, is a fundamental tool for in vivo visualisation at depth and over time. Its use in the assessment of biological processes and pathways in, among others, oncology, cardiology and neurology has led to novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for patients.

This has always been a technologically-driven dynamic research field. Progress in indirect and direct detector materials, data acquisition systems, optics, multimodal integration, novel radiotracers, and analysis and reconstruction techniques mean that clinicians now have a wide array of instrumentation to draw upon, from whole body PET/CT to handheld gamma imaging. 

Current research and developments are advancing system performance through improved energy, and time and spatial resolutions that will significantly improve the quantitative accuracy of nuclear medicine imaging as well as our understanding of disease processes. Increases in detector sensitivity will reduce the necessary dose received by patients and staff. Novel multimodal systems will provide additional information to clinicians, improving patient diagnosis, treatment, and care.

This Special Issue seeks to explore current cutting edge research in nuclear medicine and multimodal imaging, as well as the emerging technologies that will impact the field over the next 5–10 years.

We request contributions including:

  • Reviews and editorials (some of which will be invited) describing the current state of the art or perspectives on future developments, challenges, and the direction of the field;
  • Original research articles describing emerging techniques and pre-adoption technology and developments which have the potential to impact and shape the future roadmap of nuclear medicine.

Dr. Sarah Bugby
Dr. Dimitra Darambara
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Journal of Imaging is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Nuclear medicine and Molecular imaging
  • Multimodal imaging approaches, e.g., PET/CT, SPECT/CT, PET/MR, SPECT/MR, optical/PET etc.
  • SPECT and PET including Total Body PET, TOF PET and organ-specific and/or application-specific systems
  • Compton imaging in nuclear medicine
  • Semiconductor detectors for nuclear medicine imaging
  • Solid state photodetectors for nuclear medicine imaging applications
  • Novel detector technologies for nuclear medicine imaging applications
  • Targeted radionuclide therapy
  • In-beam PET detectors for proton and hadron therapy
  • Wearable detectors for nuclear medicine applications
  • Nanotechnology (nanoparticles and nanomaterials) for nuclear medicine applications and multimodality imaging
  • Simulation and modelling of novel nuclear medicine imaging systems
  • Emerging applications and innovative concepts in nuclear medicine imaging applications
  • Algorithms or software with applications in nuclear medicine e.g. for image analysis or reconstruction which make use of advances in imaging technology

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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