Positron emission tomography (PET) has moved from a distinguished research tool in physiology, cardiology and neurology to become a major tool for clinical investigation in oncology, in cardiac applications and in neurological disorders. Much of the PET accomplishments is due to the remarkable improvements in the last 10 years both in hardware and software aspects. Nowadays a similar effort is made by many research groups towards the construction of dedicated PET apparatus in new emerging fields such as molecular medicine, gene therapy, breast cancer imaging and combined modalities. This paper reports on some recent results we have obtained in small animal imaging and positron emission mammography, based on the use of advanced technology in the field of scintillators and photodetectors, such as Position-Sensitive Detectors coupled to crystal matrices, combined use of scintillating fibers and Hybrid-Photo-Diodes readout, and Hamamatsu flat panels. New ideas and future developments are discussed. (C) 2003 Published by Elsevier B.V.
|Autori:||Del Guerra A; Belcari N; Motta A; Di Domenico G; Sabba N; Zavattini G|
|Titolo:||Latest achievements in PET techniques|
|Anno del prodotto:||2003|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/S0168-9002(03)02127-2|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|