Nuclear medicine offers physicists a wide field of activity in the area of applied physics or core physics, both in clinical research and in clinical patient care. With the development of more and more complex and high-performing imaging equipment (above all hybrid equipment such as PET/CT or PET/MR), more and more questions are being raised which can only be answered by an active interdisciplinary environment of clinicians and natural sciences.
Traditionally one of the main tasks of physics was the quality control of the imaging equipment, the patient dosimetry and the perception of radiation protection. The strong scientific engagement of the clinical department, alongside the traditional activities of physics, also facilitates improved integration in the clinical research landscape. In particular questions concerning the quantification of PET images or the correction of patient movements plays an extremely role in producing correct diagnoses and in the implementation of clinically driven research projects and therefore is an important field of activity in physics. Because of the multitude of interesting research topics there are many options available to students with an interest in physical applications in nuclear medicine and to become involved in the imaging procedure.