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Title: High resolution PET breast imager with improved detection efficiency

Abstract

A highly efficient PET breast imager for detecting lesions in the entire breast including those located close to the patient's chest wall. The breast imager includes a ring of imaging modules surrounding the imaged breast. Each imaging module includes a slant imaging light guide inserted between a gamma radiation sensor and a photodetector. The slant light guide permits the gamma radiation sensors to be placed in close proximity to the skin of the chest wall thereby extending the sensitive region of the imager to the base of the breast. Several types of photodetectors are proposed for use in the detector modules, with compact silicon photomultipliers as the preferred choice, due to its high compactness. The geometry of the detector heads and the arrangement of the detector ring significantly reduce dead regions thereby improving detection efficiency for lesions located close to the chest wall.

Inventors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Lab. (ORNL), Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1176342
Patent Number(s):
7,732,774
Application Number:
12/284,287
Assignee:
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (Newport News, VA) OSTI
DOE Contract Number:  
AC05-06OR23177
Resource Type:
Patent
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
62 RADIOLOGY AND NUCLEAR MEDICINE; 60 APPLIED LIFE SCIENCES

Citation Formats

Majewski, Stanislaw. High resolution PET breast imager with improved detection efficiency. United States: N. p., 2010. Web.
Majewski, Stanislaw. High resolution PET breast imager with improved detection efficiency. United States.
Majewski, Stanislaw. Tue . "High resolution PET breast imager with improved detection efficiency". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1176342.
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title = {High resolution PET breast imager with improved detection efficiency},
author = {Majewski, Stanislaw},
abstractNote = {A highly efficient PET breast imager for detecting lesions in the entire breast including those located close to the patient's chest wall. The breast imager includes a ring of imaging modules surrounding the imaged breast. Each imaging module includes a slant imaging light guide inserted between a gamma radiation sensor and a photodetector. The slant light guide permits the gamma radiation sensors to be placed in close proximity to the skin of the chest wall thereby extending the sensitive region of the imager to the base of the breast. Several types of photodetectors are proposed for use in the detector modules, with compact silicon photomultipliers as the preferred choice, due to its high compactness. The geometry of the detector heads and the arrangement of the detector ring significantly reduce dead regions thereby improving detection efficiency for lesions located close to the chest wall.},
doi = {},
journal = {},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2010},
month = {6}
}

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