Cuerdo Bragado, Roberto and Sarasola Martin, Iciar and García de Acilu, Paz and Navarrete, Javier and Cañadas Castro, Mario and Oller, C. and Cela, M. and Rato Mendes, Pedro and Romero, Luciano and Willmott, Carlos
Evaluation of a PET Prototype Using LYSO:Ce Monolithic Detector Block.
In: "IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, NSS/MIC 2011", 23/10/2011 - 29/10/2011, Valencia, España. ISBN 978-1-4673-0118-3. pp. 3342-3346.
We have analyzed the performance of a PET demonstrator formed by two sectors of four monolithic detector blocks placed face-to-face. Both front-end and read-out electronics have been evaluated by means of coincidence measurements using a rotating 22Na source placed at the center of the sectors in order to emulate the behavior of a complete full ring. A continuous training method based on neural network (NN) algorithms has been carried out to determine the entrance points over the surface of the detectors. Reconstructed images from 1 MBq 22Na point source and 22Na Derenzo phantom have been obtained using both filtered back projection (FBP) analytic methods and the OSEM 3D iterative algorithm available in the STIR software package . Preliminary data on image reconstruction from a 22Na point source with Ø = 0.25 mm show spatial resolutions from 1.7 to 2.1 mm FWHM in the transverse plane. The results confirm the viability of this design for the development of a full-ring brain PET scanner compatible with magnetic resonance imaging for human studies.