New book for medical practitioners features space technology used for cancer imaging

Research from the Universities of Leicester and Nottingham that exploits space-age technology for medical benefits is featured in a new publication.

Described as an essential reference for surgeons, theatre staff and other key medical personnel, the book, co-edited by Leicester and Nottingham scientists, includes a number of chapters that highlight research taking place within the universities.

The book, Gamma Cameras for Interventional and Intraoperative Imaging, follows from a STFC-funded workshop held in Leicester in February 2015. Professor John Lees (pictured), of the Bioimaging Unit in the University’s Space Research Centre has co-edited the book with Alan C Perkins of the University of Nottingham.

Gamma cameras are traditionally large devices that are situated in nuclear medicine departments, but recent advances in detector design has enabled the production of compact gamma cameras that allow nuclear imaging at the patient bedside and in the operating theatre.

This is the first book to cover this new area of imaging, and provides a unique insight into the experimental and clinical use of small field of view gamma cameras in hospitals.