James A. Patton, Ph.D.


Faculty Appointments
Professor of Radiology and Radiological Sciences Professor of Physics
Ph.D., Physics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeB.S., Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Office Address
1161 21st Avenue, South
MCN CCC-1121
Nashville, TN 37232-2675
Clinical Description
James A. Patton, Ph.D., graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1966 as Scholar of the University and earned his doctorate in Physics from Vanderbilt University in 1972. He then joined the Vanderbilt Radiology faculty in 1972, and he is currently Professor of Radiology and Physics and has been the director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program since 1979. He served as vice-chair for finance and administration in the Radiology department for 11 years. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Radiology in Nuclear Physics. His clinical and teaching responsibilities are in the areas of physics and instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine and PET. Patton has co-authored nine textbooks, 76 book chapters, 84 articles in referred journals and 57 articles in proceedings. He has served on the board of directors and as president of the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine and the SNM's representative on Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board for eight years. He has also served as president and as a member of the council of the Southeastern Chapter of Society of Nuclear Medicine.

Section: Radiological Sciences
Research Keywords
physics, nuclear medicine
Vitola JV, Delbeke D. Nuclear Cardiology & Correlative Imaging: A Teaching File (textbook) Physics Principles & Instrumentation in Nuclear Cardiology. [place unknown: publisher unknown]; 2004.

Patton JA, Coleman RE, Sandler MP, Ben-Haim S, Shwartz SC, Ohana I.. Resolution Enhancement & Acquisition Time Reduction in SPECT and Applications: The Wide Beam Reconstruction Method. J Nucl ed. 2003; 44((5)): 277P.

Delbeke D, Martin WH, Patton JA, Sandler MP. Value of iterative reconstruction, attenuation correction, and image fusion in the interpretation of FDG PET images with an integrated dual-head coincidence camera and X-ray-based attenuation maps. Radiology. 2001 Jan; 218(1): 163-71. PMID: 11152796, DOI: 10.1148/radiology.218.1.r01ja59163, ISSN: 0033-8419.

Patton JA. Instrumentation for coincidence imaging with multihead scintillation cameras. Semin Nucl Med. 2000 Oct; 30(4): 239-54. PMID: 11105926, ISSN: 0001-2998.

Patton JA, Delbeke D, Sandler MP. Image fusion using an integrated, dual-head coincidence camera with X-ray tube-based attenuation maps. J. Nucl. Med. 2000 Aug; 41(8): 1364-8. PMID: 10945529, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Sandler MP, Patton JA, Delbeke D. X-ray, coincidence data merge in functional anatomic mapping. Diagn Imaging (San Franc). 2000 Jun; 22(6): 73-7, 79. PMID: 10947617, ISSN: 0194-2514.

Boren EL, Delbeke D, Patton JA, Sandler MP. Comparison of FDG PET and positron coincidence detection imaging using a dual-head gamma camera with 5/8-inch NaI(Tl) crystals in patients with suspected body malignancies. Eur J Nucl Med. 1999 Apr; 26(4): 379-87. PMID: 10199944, ISSN: 0340-6997.

Patton JA, Turkington TG. Coincidence imaging with a dual-head scintillation camera. J. Nucl. Med. 1999 Mar; 40(3): 432-41. PMID: 10086708, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Delbeke D, Patton JA, Martin WH, Sandler MP. FDG PET and dual-head gamma camera positron coincidence detection imaging of suspected malignancies and brain disorders. J. Nucl. Med. 1999 Jan; 40(1): 110-7. PMID: 9935066, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Sandler MP, Bax JJ, Patton JA, Visser FC, Martin WH, Wijns W. Fluorine-18-fluorodeoxyglucose cardiac imaging using a modified scintillation camera. J. Nucl. Med. 1998 Dec; 39(12): 2035-43. PMID: 9867138, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Patton JA. Introduction to nuclear physics. Radiographics. 1998 Jul; 18(4): 995-1007. PMID: 9672982, DOI: 10.1148/radiographics.18.4.9672982, ISSN: 0271-5333.

Patton JA, Sandler MP, Ohana I, Weinfeld Z. High-energy (511-keV) imaging with the scintillation camera. Radiographics. 1996 Sep; 16(5): 1183-94. PMID: 8888397, DOI: 10.1148/radiographics.16.5.8888397, ISSN: 0271-5333.

Sandler MP, Patton JA. Fluorine 18-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose myocardial single-photon emission computed tomography: an alternative for determining myocardial viability. J Nucl Cardiol. 1996 Jul; 3(4): 342-9. PMID: 8799254, PII: S1071-3581(96)90095-1, ISSN: 1071-3581.

Martin WH, Delbeke D, Patton JA, Sandler MP. Detection of malignancies with SPECT versus PET, with 2-[fluorine-18]fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose. Radiology. 1996 Jan; 198(1): 225-31. PMID: 8539384, DOI: 10.1148/radiology.198.1.8539384, ISSN: 0033-8419.

Delbeke D, Videlefsky S, Patton JA, Campbell MG, Martin WH, Ohana I, Sandler MP. Rest myocardial perfusion/metabolism imaging using simultaneous dual-isotope acquisition SPECT with technetium-99m-MIBI/fluorine-18-FDG. J. Nucl. Med. 1995 Nov; 36(11): 2110-9. PMID: 7472607, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Sandler MP, Videlefsky S, Delbeke D, Patton JA, Meyerowitz C, Martin WH, Ohana I. Evaluation of myocardial ischemia using a rest metabolism/stress perfusion protocol with fluorine-18 deoxyglucose/technetium-99m MIBI and dual-isotope simultaneous-acquisition single-photon emission computed tomography. J. Am. Coll. Cardiol. 1995 Oct; 26(4): 870-8. PMID: 7560611, PII: 0735-1097(95)00295-6, DOI: 10.1016/0735-1097(95)00295-6, ISSN: 0735-1097.

Martin WH, Delbeke D, Patton JA, Hendrix B, Weinfeld Z, Ohana I, Kessler RM, Sandler MP. FDG-SPECT: correlation with FDG-PET. J. Nucl. Med. 1995 Jun; 36(6): 988-95. PMID: 7769457, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Patton JA. MR imaging instrumentation and image artifacts. Radiographics. 1994 Sep; 14(5): 1083-96; quiz 1097. PMID: 7991815, DOI: 10.1148/radiographics.14.5.7991815, ISSN: 0271-5333.

Worrell JA, Federspiel CF, Creasy JL, Pickens DR, Higginbotham K, Patton JA, Partain CL. Clinical impact of picture archiving and communication systems: evaluation of a prototype system. J Digit Imaging. 1992 May; 5(2): 118-25. PMID: 1623040, ISSN: 0897-1889.

James AE, Patton JA, Chapman JE, James E, Heller RM. Administration: an appropriate training subject?. Invest Radiol. 1992 Feb; 27(2): 187-9. PMID: 1601615, ISSN: 0020-9996.

Sandler MP, Patton JA, Ossoff RH. Recent advances in thyroid imaging. Otolaryngol. Clin. North Am. 1990 Apr; 23(2): 251-70. PMID: 2186335, ISSN: 0030-6665.

Pickens DR, Patton JA, Gibbs SJ. Qualitative and quantitative evaluation of charge capture by a radiology information system. J Digit Imaging. 1990 Feb; 3(1): 49-53. PMID: 2092804, ISSN: 0897-1889.

James AE, Partain CL, Heller RM, Patton JA, Price RR. Can we administrate academics? Preserving the biomedical research enterprise in medical imaging. Invest Radiol. 1989 Oct; 24(10): 815-6. PMID: 2793395, ISSN: 0020-9996.

Powers T, Lum A, Patton JA. Abdominal MRI artifacts. Semin. Ultrasound CT MR. 1989 Feb; 10(1): 2-10. PMID: 2697323, ISSN: 0887-2171.

Sandler MP, Fellmeth B, Salhany KE, Patton JA. Thyroid carcinoma masquerading as a solitary benign hyperfunctioning nodule. Clin Nucl Med. 1988 Jun; 13(6): 410-5. PMID: 3402143, ISSN: 0363-9762.

Patton JA, Kulkarni MV, Craig JK, Wolfe OH, Price RR, Partain CL, James AE. Techniques, pitfalls and artifacts in magnetic resonance imaging. Radiographics. 1987 May; 7(3): 505-19. PMID: 3448645, DOI: 10.1148/radiographics.7.3.3448645, ISSN: 0271-5333.

Patton JA, Brill AB. Simultaneous emission and fluorescent scanning of the thyroid. J. Nucl. Med. 1978 May; 19(5): 464-9. PMID: 641567, ISSN: 0161-5505.

Withers EH, Page DL, Hollifield J, Patton JA, Rosenfeld L. Carcinoma of the thyroid with description of a new scanning technic. Am. J. Surg. 1975 Oct; 130(4): 395-8. PMID: 1166929, ISSN: 0002-9610.