By Topic

Fast, accurate and versatile Monte Carlo method for computing system matrix

Sign In

Cookies must be enabled to login.After enabling cookies , please use refresh or reload or ctrl+f5 on the browser for the login options.

Formats Non-Member Member
$31 $13
Learn how you can qualify for the best price for this item!
Become an IEEE Member or Subscribe to
IEEE Xplore for exclusive pricing!
close button

puzzle piece

IEEE membership options for an individual and IEEE Xplore subscriptions for an organization offer the most affordable access to essential journal articles, conference papers, standards, eBooks, and eLearning courses.

Learn more about:

IEEE membership

IEEE Xplore subscriptions

4 Author(s)
Leroux, J.-D. ; Univ. de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke ; Thibaudeau, C. ; Lecomte, R. ; Fontaine, R.

A new methodology is proposed to mitigate the high computation cost required to derive accurate Monte Carlo (MC) based system matrix for tomographic image reconstruction. The strategy consists of taking advantage of the symmetries between the lines of response to increase the statistics of data collected for the determination of the system matrix coefficients. By using the rotation and axial symmetries of a cylindrical camera, the number of MC generated events can be reduced substantially without affecting the matrix coefficient accuracy. Moreover, using the GATE simulator list-mode saving capabilities for storing coincidence events, single events and/or single hits with all their relevant information, the MC simulation can be performed only once and system matrices for different system configurations be derived from the same simulation. Using for example Positron emission tomography (PET), the processing of the collected MC data can be fine tuned to the imaging system characteristics by setting accordingly the time and energy blurring, the detector efficiencies, the coincidence time window width and the energy thresholds. The system matrix can also include or exclude PET events like scatters and randoms. Furthermore, the system matrix can be computed for different image grids and basis functions without requiring a new MC simulation to be performed.

Published in:

Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2007. NSS '07. IEEE  (Volume:5 )

Date of Conference:

Oct. 26 2007-Nov. 3 2007