Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Todd Peterson, Ph.D.

Director of Nuclear Imaging
Associate Professor of Radiology & Radiological Sciences, Physics & Astronomy, Chemical & Physical Biology
Faculty Director of the Office of Honor Scholarships

Contact Information
(615) 322-2648


My research has two major thrusts: 1.) the development of high-resolution, multi-pinhole SPECT capabilities, and 2.) the use of CT, SPECT, and PET in preclinical research studies across a wide range of applications.


1.) We are developing novel semiconductor radiation detector technology for use in innovative multi-pinhole SPECT systems. 2.) We are involved in a number of collaborative projects in which we our role is to refine and validate image acquisition and analysis techniques to improve quantitative PET and SPECT capabilities.


Peterson TE and Manning HC. Molecular Imaging: 18F-FDG PET and a Whole Lot More. J Nucl Med Technol 2009;37(3):151-61.

Peterson TE, Shokouhi S, Furenlid LR, Wilson DW. Multipinhole SPECT imaging with silicon strip detectors. IEEE Trans Nucl Sci 2009;56(3).

Shokouhi S, McDonald BS, Durko HL, Fritz MA, Furenlid LR, Peterson TE. Thick silicon double-sided strip detectors for low-energy small-animal SPECT. IEEE Trans Nucl Sci 2009;54(2):207-25.

Tantawy MN, Jones CK, Baldwin RM, Ansari MS, Conn PJ, Kessler RM, Peterson TE. [(18)F]Fallypride Dopamine D2 Receptor Studies Using Delayed microPET Scans and a Modified Logan Plot. Nucl Med Biol 2009;36(8):931-40.

Tantawy MN, Peterson TE. Simplified [18F]FDG Image-Derived Input Function using the Left Ventricle, Liver, and One Venous Blood Sample. Mol Imaging 2010;9(2):76-86.