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Effect of scintillator crystal geometry and surface finishing on depth of interaction resolution in PET detectors: Monte Carlo simulation and experimental results using silicon photomultipliers
Author(s): Sarah Cuddy; Alla Reznik; John A. Rowlands; Farhad Taghibakhsh
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Paper Abstract

Resolution of positron emission tomography (PET) systems benefits from information about depth of interaction (DOI) within scintillation crystals, particularly in small bore scanners or parallel plate detectors. In this investigation, the ability of the dual-ended readout detector module configuration to resolve DOI and crystal index was evaluated for a variety of detector pitches and light guide thicknesses to validate the dual-ended readout method. Experimental results with oneto- one coupling between saw-cut 2mm pitch LYSO scintillation crystals and silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs) achieved 2.1 mm DOI resolution. Monte Carlo simulations were used to investigate the effect of larger detector pitches and varied light guide thickness on the crystal index identification accuracy and DOI resolution for a pixilated crystal array in dual-ended readout configuration. It is reported that the accuracy in identifying a 2 mm scintillation crystal was >80% for detector pitches < 6 mm and that DOI resolution was < 2 mm for all detector pitches and light guide thicknesses.

Paper Details

Date Published: 22 March 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7622, Medical Imaging 2010: Physics of Medical Imaging, 76221O (22 March 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.845065
Show Author Affiliations
Sarah Cuddy, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Alla Reznik, Thunderbay Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
John A. Rowlands, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Thunder Bay Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
Farhad Taghibakhsh, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)
Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
Thunder Bay Health Sciences Ctr. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7622:
Medical Imaging 2010: Physics of Medical Imaging
Ehsan Samei; Norbert J. Pelc, Editor(s)

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