The tracer activity in blood is normally only sampled at a few time points during the acquisition. However, when calculating the operational equations (eg. by numerically integrating a system of differential equations), the blood activities (plasma activity, parent fraction, whole blood activity) must be available at any arbitrary time point during the acquisition period. This means that the blood curves must be interpolated according to some underlying model, hence called a blood model. The models available for the different blood curves are described in the next sections.
Note: Once a blood curve model has been selected, it applies for any time point, although the curve values are only displayed at the time of the original blood samples.