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Biomedical Optics & Medical Imaging

Silicon photomultiplier array for brain imaging systems

SensL, an international low light sensing solutions provider, has announced sales of Silicon Photomultiplier technology to enable construction of two PET/MRI brain imaging systems.

Both Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University, in Seoul, Korea and the Department of Radiology/Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford University in California, USA, will integrate SensL's SPMArray (Position Sensitive / Multi-Anode Silicon Photomultiplier Array) into their PET/MRI systems. The SPMArray is the first commercially available, solid-state, large array detector based on silicon photomultiplier technology.

"We are extremely excited about our entrance into this emerging market with such internationally recognized groups as Samsung Medical Center and Stanford University. PET/MRI is an emerging multi-modality technique with potential to improve the characterization of certain cancers as well as neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and enable advanced treatment monitoring," said founder Carl Jackson, head of sales at SensL.

The SPMArray will be of particular interest to developers of detector systems for applications such as PET, Gamma Camera, and Radiation Detection for medical and security purposes requiring very sensitive, low-light detector arrays.

"We are making very good inroads into PET/MRI and we would look to use this success to help us enter other markets with our solid-state technology. This confirms the viability of our technology and we see the end of life for vacuum tube based PMT detectors in many applications and we are pleased to work with our customers to enable this," added Jackson.