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Anode position and last dynode timing circuits for dual-layer BGO scintillator with PS-PMT based modular PET detectors

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5 Author(s)
Zhang, N. ; Dept. of Biomed. Eng., McGill Univ., Montreal, Que., Canada ; Thompson, C.J. ; Togane, D. ; Cayouette, F.
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New high spatial resolution positron emission tomography (PET) detectors for small animal and breast imaging have been developed. In these detectors, position-sensitive photomultipliers (R7600-C12) and dual-layer pixelated bismuth germanate (BGO) crystals are employed to detect and localize gamma rays. Modified high-voltage dividers with last dynode readout circuits, front-end anode position, and last dynode timing schemes have been investigated and developed for these detectors. Methods for combining four position-sensitive photomultipliers (PS-PMTs) with simple four (X-, X+, Y-, and Y+) outputs have been developed to further simplify the position processing. The front-end circuits are small so they can be fitted into the detector's structure. A prototype of two detector modules, each having two PS-PMTs with corresponding electronic circuits, has been built for evaluation. The crystal elements of 10×10 in the proximal layer and 9×9 in the distal can be clearly identified.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:49 ,  Issue: 5 )