Timothy Turkington, PhD

Associate Professor in Radiology
Department: Radiology
Division: Nuclear Medicine
Address: 0402 South Hospital
Durham, NC 27710
Office Phone: (919) 684-7706
Email: timothy.turkington@duke.edu

Research Interests

My work focuses on PET imaging physics, including instrumentation, reconstruction, and image processing.  We're working toward more quantitatively accurate PET,  reduction in scan times and radiation dose in PET/CT, novel imaging devices for PET (and SPECT), and application of PET to more clinical and research needs.  Positron Emission Tomography is now in widespread use as a clinical tool for oncology, neurology, and cardiology, and continues to be used as a research tool in these areas. 


Wilson, JM; Turkington, TG. TOF-PET small-lesion image quality measured over a range of phantom sizes. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. 2013;60:1589-1595.

Higgins, KA; Hoang, JK; Roach, MC; Chino, J; Yoo, DS; Turkington, TG; Brizel, DM. Analysis of pretreatment FDG-PET SUV parameters in head-and-neck cancer: tumor SUVmean has superior prognostic value. International Journal of Radiation: Oncology - Biology - Physics. 2012;82:548-553. Abstract

Wilson, JM; Lokitz, SJ; Turkington, TG. Development of a fillable, tapered PET/CT phantom. IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. 2011;58:651-659.

Wilson, JM; Ross, SG; Deller, T; Asma, E; Manjeshwar, R; Turkington, TG. A phantom study of regularized image reconstruction in PET. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record. 2010;3661-3665.

Turkington, TG; Wilson, JM. Attenuation artifacts and time-of-flight PET. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record. 2009;2997-2999.

Chin, BB; Green, ED; Turkington, TG; Hawk, TC; Coleman, RE. Increasing uptake time in FDG-PET: standardized uptake values in normal tissues at 1 versus 3 h. Molecular Imaging and Biology. 2009;11:118-122. Abstract

Wilson, JM; Turkington, TG. Development of a PET protocol to equalize noise for PET/CT leg acquisitions. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record. 2007;5:3246-3249.

Rose, JE; Behm, FM; Salley, AN; Bates, JE; Coleman, RE; Hawk, TC; Turkington, TG. Regional brain activity correlates of nicotine dependence. Neuropsychopharmacology (Nature). 2007;32:2441-2452. Abstract

Lokitz, SJ; Coleman, RE; Yoshizumi, TT; Toncheva, GI; Daigle, LT; Colsher, JG; Turkington, TG; IEEE, . CT Based Attenuation Correction for PET Brain Imaging. IEEE Conference Record - Nuclear Science Symposium & Medical Imaging Conference : IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium And Medical Imaging Conference. Proceedings. 3320-3325.

Rohren, EM; Turkington, TG; Coleman, RE. Clinical applications of PET in oncology. Radiology. 2004;231:305-332. Abstract

Turkington, TG. Introduction to PET instrumentation. Journal of nuclear medicine technology. 2001;29:4-11. Abstract

Laymon, CM; Turkington, TG; Gilland, DR; Coleman, RE. Transmission scanning system for a gamma camera coincidence scanner. Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine. 2000;41:692-699. Abstract