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Semi-automatic position calibration for a dual-head small animal PET scanner

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7 Author(s)
Zhihao Hu ; Huazhong Univ. of Sci. & Technol., Wuhan ; Chien-Min Kao ; Wei Liu ; Yun Dong
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A dedicated small-animal positron emission tomography (PET) scanner that can provide ~30% detection sensitivity is under development at The University of Chicago. This scanner employs two HRRT (high resolution research tomography) detector heads in a compact configuration to achieve a high system sensitivity. The HRRT detector employs a quadrant-sharing configuration to substantially reduce the number of photomultipliers needed, but also creates particular challenges in calibrating the crystal position. To address these challenges, we develop a watershed segmentation method that also incorporates a curve-fitting forecast algorithm. Our results indicate that the watershed algorithm alone can correctly detect 92.77% of the positions for the 72x104 crystals of the HRRT detector head, when including the curve-fitting forecast algorithm the accuracy can be further improved to 97%.

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2007. NSS '07. IEEE  (Volume:2 )

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Oct. 26 2007-Nov. 3 2007