A gamma ray detector for PET, consisting of an array of mixed lutetium oxyorthosilicate (MLS) scintillator crystals coupled to a position sensitive avalanche photodiode (PSAPD), was evaluated. The scintillator array was constructed from individual MLS crystals with dimensions of 1.5 mm × 1.5 mm × 15 mm. The assembled 7 × 7 array, including intercrystal reflector material, had a pitch of 1.79 mm. The low noise, high gain PSAPD had dimensions of 14 mm × 14 mm. Peaks associated with each of the 49 scintillator crystals were readily identifiable in flood histograms, and most of the crystals demonstrated energy resolution in the range of 15% to 20% at 511 keV. Measurements of the timing of the PSAPD in coincidence with a fast-scintillator/PMT detector indicated a timing resolution of approximately 4 ns. The operating characteristics and design attributes, such as compactness and reduced readout channel requirements, of the PSAPD make it attractive for high resolution PET applications.