Machine Learning in Nuclear Medicine: Part 1-Introduction

J Nucl Med. 2019 Apr;60(4):451-458. doi: 10.2967/jnumed.118.223495. Epub 2019 Feb 7.


This article, the first in a 2-part series, provides an introduction to machine learning (ML) in a nuclear medicine context. This part addresses the history of ML and describes common algorithms, with illustrations of when they can be helpful in nuclear medicine. Part 2 focuses on current contributions of ML to our field, addresses future expectations and limitations, and provides a critical appraisal of what ML can and cannot do.

Keywords: algorithms; artificial intelligence; machine learning; nuclear medicine.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Machine Learning*
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Nuclear Medicine*