Past, Present and Future of Positron Emission Tomography

May 3, 2016, 8:30 AM
30m

Speaker

A. Del Guerra, Dept. of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy (Dept. of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy)

Description

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a well established imaging technique for in vivo molecular imaging. After a brief history of PET, the physical principles and the main performance parameters are presented. The evolution of the technology that has brought PET from a bench experiment to a clinical indispensable instrument is fully illustrated. In particular, the present limitations and the expected future performance of the PET tomographs are discussed, both as for the hardware and software aspects. The status of art of clinical, preclinical and hybrid scanners (i.e., PET/CT and PET/MR) is shown. Finally the recent and future technological developments are presented. As a specific example, the current applications of PET to range monitoring in particle therapy are discussed.

Primary author

A. Del Guerra, Dept. of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy (Dept. of Physics, University of Pisa, Italy)

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