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High-Resolution L(Y)SO Detectors Using PMT-Quadrant-Sharing for Human and Animal PET Cameras

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9 Author(s)
Ramirez, R.A. ; M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Univ. of Texas, Houston, TX ; Shitao Liu ; Jiguo Liu ; Yuxuan Zhang
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We developed high resolution L(Y)SO detectors for human and animal PET applications using Photomulti- plier-quadrant-sharing (PQS) technology. The crystal sizes were 1.27 times 1.27 times 10 mm3 for the animal PQS-blocks and 3.25 times 3.25 times 20 mm3 for human ones. Polymer mirror film patterns (PMR) were placed between crystals as reflector. The blocks were assembled together using optical grease and wrapped by Teflon tape. The blocks were coupled to regular round PMTs of 19/51 mm in PQS configuration. List-mode data of Ga-68 source (511 keV) were acquired with our high yield pileup-event recovery (HYPER) electronics and data acquisition software. The high voltage bias was 1100 V. Crystal decoding maps and individual crystal energy resolutions were extracted from the data. To investigate the potential imaging resolution of the PET cameras with these blocks, we used GATE (Geant4 Application for Tomographic Emission) simulation package. GATE is a GEANT4 based software toolkit for realistic simulation of PET and SPECT systems. The packing fractions of these blocks were found to be 95.6% and 98.2%. From the decoding maps, all 196 and 225 crystals were clearly identified. The average energy resolutions were 14.1% and 15.6%. For small animal PET systems, the detector ring diameter was 16.5 cm with an axial field of view (AFOV) of 11.8 cm. The simulation data suggests that a reconstructed radial (tangential) spatial resolution of 1.24 (1.25) mm near the center is potentially achievable. For the whole-body human PET systems, the detector ring diameter was 86 cm. The simulation data suggests that a reconstructed radial (tangential) spatial resolution of 3.09(3.38) mm near the center is potentially achievable. From this study we can conclude that the PQS design could achieve high spatial resolutions and excellent energy resolutions on human and animal PET systems with substantially lower production costs and inexpensive readout devices.

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Nuclear Science, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:55 ,  Issue: 3 )