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Correction for head movements in positron emission tomography using an optical motion tracking system

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6 Author(s)
Fulton, R.R. ; Dept. of PET & Nucl. Med., R. Prince Alfred Hosp., Sydney, NSW, Australia ; Meikle, S.R. ; Eberl, S. ; Pfeiffer, J.
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Methods capable of correcting for head motion in all six degrees of freedom have been proposed for PET brain imaging but not yet demonstrated in human studies. These methods rely on the accurate measurement of motion in a coordinate frame aligned with the scanner. We present methodology for the direct calibration of an optical motion tracking system to the reconstruction coordinate frame using paired coordinate measurements obtained simultaneously from a PET scanner and tracking system. We also describe the implementation of motion correction, based on the multiple acquisition frame method originally described by Y. Picard and C.J. Thompson (1997), using data provided by the motion tracking system. Effective compensation for multiple six degree-of-freedom movements is demonstrated in dynamic PET scans of the Hoffman brain phantom and a normal volunteer. We conclude that reduced distortion and improved quantitative accuracy can be achieved with this method in PET brain studies degraded by head movements

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Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record, 2000 IEEE  (Volume:3 )

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2000

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