Study of TOF PET using Cherenkov Light
Presented by Prof. Samo KORPAR on 9 Jun 2011 from 16:20 to 16:40
Type: Oral Presentation
Track: Instrumentation for Medical, Biological and Materials Research
This work investigates the possibilities of improving the measurements of arrival time difference of the two 511 keV photons arising from annihilation of a positron in positron emission tomography (PET). The new technique of detecting the prompt Cherenkov light, produced by absorption of the annihilation photon in a suitable crystal, could considerably improve the image quality. A simple apparatus with PbF2 crystals and microchannel plate photomultipliers (MCP PMTs) has been constructed and coincidence resolutions of 71 ps FWHM and 95 ps FWHM have been achieved with 5 mm and 15 mm thick crystals respectively. Simulation calculations are in agreement with the experimental findings. In the contribution, we will first describe the principles of the detection method and present the experimental apparatus. We will then discuss the results of measurements of time resolution for two coincident 511 keV gamma photons absorbed in PbF2 crystals. Finally, we will compare our measurements with simulation calculations, which also included a study with PbWO4 crystals in order to investigate possible improvements of the design.