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Feasibility of Ultra High Resolution Better Than 1mm FWHM of Small Animal PET by Using CdTe Detector Arrays

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8 Author(s)
Kikuchi, Y. ; Graduate Sch. of Eng., Tohoku Univ., Sendai ; Ishii, K. ; Yamazaki, H. ; Matsuyama, S.
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We are currently developing a small animal PET using CdTe detector arrays. Because of a semiconductor, the CdTe detector can be miniaturized to obtain a high spatial resolution of the PET. We examined the performance of the multi-strip CdTe detector array, which consists of 32 ch strips with detector size 1.2 times 1.15 times 4.5 mm3, sensitivity for 511 keV annihilation photons, polarization for signal output and so on. To investigate the feasibility of ultra high spatial resolution of small animal PET by using the CdTe detector arrays, a prototype of small PET using the multi-strip CdTe detector arrays was manufactured, which consists of the two detector arrays faced each other by 100 mm and can be rotated by stepping motor. The measurement of spatial resolution was performed by a small phantom of acrylic cylinder with 3 cm diameter in which hot spots of 18F with 0.5 mm diameter were placed with intervals of 2 mm, 1.5 mm and 1 mm. We obtained a high resolution of 0.9 mm FWHM. This results that the multi-strip CdTe detector array is enough to be used to a small high resolution PET.

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2006. IEEE  (Volume:4 )

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Oct. 29 2006-Nov. 1 2006