Review of some common artifacts in nuclear medicine

Clin Nucl Med. 1994 Feb;19(2):138-43. doi: 10.1097/00003072-199402000-00013.


In nuclear medicine, artifacts may simulate a pathologic process; their recognition is therefore necessary to avoid misdiagnosis. Artifacts may be divided into three groups: 1) camera dependent artifacts; 2) radiopharmaceutical dependent artifacts; and 3) patient-related artifacts. The authors present a variety of artifacts and discusses their possible prevention.

MeSH terms

  • Artifacts*
  • Gamma Cameras
  • Humans
  • Radioisotopes
  • Radionuclide Imaging*
  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic


  • Radioisotopes
  • Reagent Kits, Diagnostic