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An ASIC front-end has been developed for multianode photomultiplier based nuclear imaging devices. Its architecture has been designed to improve resolution and decrease pile-up probability in positron emission tomography systems which employ continuous scintillator crystals. Analog computation elements are isolated from the photomultiplier by means of a current sensitive preamplifier stage. This allows digitally programmable adjustment of every anode gain, also providing better resolution in gamma event position calculation and a shorter front-end deadtime. The preamplifier stage also offers the possibility of using other types of photomultiplier devices such as SiPM. The ASIC architecture includes measurement of the depth of interaction of the gamma event based on the width of the light distribution in order to reduce parallax error and increase spatial resolution during image reconstruction stage. An output stage of transresistance amplifiers offer voltage output signals which may be introduced in the A/D conversion stage with no further processing.
Date of Publication: Feb. 2008