Timothy Turkington, PhD

Associate Professor in Radiology
Address: 0402 South Hospital
Durham, NC 27710
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. 

Publications

Samanta, Suranjana, et al. “Performance comparison of a dedicated total breast PET system with a clinical whole-body PET system: a simulation study.Phys Med Biol, vol. 66, no. 11, May 2021. Pubmed, doi:10.1088/1361-6560/abfb16.

Tornai, Martin, et al. “High sensitivity dedicated dual-breast PET/MR imaging: concept and preliminary simulations.” Proceedings of Spie, edited by Hilde Bosmans et al., vol. 11513, no. 1151318, SPIE, May 2020, pp. 1151318-1-1151318–6. Manual, doi:10.1117/12.2563650.

Kinahan, Paul E., et al. “The QIBA Profile for FDG PET/CT as an Imaging Biomarker Measuring Response to Cancer Therapy.Radiology, vol. 294, no. 3, Mar. 2020, pp. 647–57. Pubmed, doi:10.1148/radiol.2019191882.

Tornai, M. P., et al. “High sensitivity dedicated dual-breast PET/MR imaging: Concept and preliminary simulations.” Proceedings of Spie  the International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 11513, 2020. Scopus, doi:10.1117/12.2563650.

Howard, Brandon A., et al. “Comparison of Bayesian penalized likelihood reconstruction versus OS-EM for characterization of small pulmonary nodules in oncologic PET/CT.Ann Nucl Med, vol. 31, no. 8, Oct. 2017, pp. 623–28. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s12149-017-1192-1.

Renaud, Jennifer M., et al. “Characterization of 3-Dimensional PET Systems for Accurate Quantification of Myocardial Blood Flow.J Nucl Med, vol. 58, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 103–09. Pubmed, doi:10.2967/jnumed.116.174565.

Gilland, D. R., and T. G. Turkington. “SPECT scanning: Principles and technologic options.” Clinical Molecular Anatomic Imaging: PET/CT, PET/MR and SPECT CT: Third Edition, 2015.

Burger, C., et al. “Quantifying PET and SPECT.” Clinical Molecular Anatomic Imaging: PET/CT, PET/MR and SPECT CT: Third Edition, 2015.