PET prostate imaging with small planar detectors

Timothy G. Turkington, Mark F. Smith, Thomas C. Hawk, Stan Majewski, Brian J. Kross, Randy Wojcik, Andrew G. Weisenberger, Timothy R. DeGrado, R. Edward Coleman

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PET imaging in the pelvis with dual planar detectors has been investigated. The scanner consisted of two 20 cm (transaxial) × 15 cm (axial) planar detectors with 3×3×10 mm 3 LGSO elements mounted on a rotating gantry with adjustable detector radii. A 36 cm × 21 cm oval phantom, 40 cm long, with a centered 2.2 cm sphere and 1.3 cm neighboring spheres was used for tests with the spheres at 20:1, 10:1, and 5:1 concentrations relative to the background. Data were acquired with the detectors in a fixed anterior-posterior orientation as well as orbiting the body in limited and full arcs. Images were reconstructed with a fully 3D ML-EM algorithm (in most cases with limited angles.) For the fixed detector position, coronal views showed the larger sphere and the lateral small sphere for the 20:1 and 10:1 concentrations. Transaxial images showed many artifacts in the limited-angle cases. For the orbiting detector data, transaxial image quality improved as the number of angles increased. Significant artifacts were still present, however. The system works satisfactorily, even with limited views, for detection of high-uptake lesions. Further characterization of uptake requires fuller angular sampling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberM3-3
Pages (from-to)2806-2809
Number of pages4
JournalIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event2004 Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference, Symposium on Nuclear Power Systems and the 14th International Workshop on Room Temperature Semiconductor X- and Gamma- Ray Detectors - Rome, Italy
Duration: Oct 16 2004Oct 22 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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