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A simple data loss model for positron camera systems

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3 Author(s)
Eriksson, L. ; Dept. of Clinical Neurophysiol., Karolinska Hospital & Inst., Stockholm, Sweden ; Wienhard, K. ; Dahlbom, M.

A simple model to describe data losses in PET cameras is presented. The model is not intended to be used primarily for dead time corrections in existing scanners, although this is possible. Instead the model is intended to be used for data simulations in order to determine the figures of merit of future camera systems, based on data handling state-of-art solutions. The model assumes the data loss to be factorized into two components, one describing the detector or block-detector performance and the other the remaining data handling such as coincidence determinations, data transfer and data storage. Two modern positron camera systems have been investigated in terms of this model. These are the Siemens-CTI ECAT EXACT and ECAT EXACT HR systems, which both have an axial field-of-view (FOV) of about 15 cm. They both have retractable septa and can acquire data from the whole volume within the FOV and can reconstruct volume image data. An example is given how to use the model for live time calculations in a futuristic large axial FOV cylindrical system

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 4 )

Date of Publication:

Aug 1994

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