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12th Pisa Meeting on Advanced Detectors : Frontier Detectors for Frontier Physics, La Biodola : Italie (2012)
High resolution detectors based on continuous crystals and SiPMs for small animal PET
J. Cabello1, P. Barrillon2, J. Barrio1, M.G. Bisogni, A. Del Guerra, C. Lacasta1, M. Rafecas1, H. Saikouk, C. Solaz1, P. Solevi1, C. de La Taille2, G. Llosa1

Sensitivity and spatial resolution are the two main factors to maximize in emission imaging. The improvement of one factor deteriorates the other with pixelated crystals. In this work we combine SiPM matrices with monolithic crystals, using an accurate γ-ray interaction position determination algorithm that provides depth of interaction. Continuous crystals provide higher sensitivity than pixelated crystals, while an accurate interaction position determination does not degrade the spatial resolution. Monte Carlo simulations and experimental data show good agreement both demonstrating sub-millimetre intrinsic spatial resolution. A system consisting in two rotating detectors in coincidence is currently under operation already producing tomographic images.
1 :  IFIC - Instituto de Fisica Corpuscular
2 :  LAL - Laboratoire de l'Accélérateur Linéaire
Sciences de l'ingénieur/Micro et nanotechnologies/Microélectronique

Physique/Physique/Instrumentations et Détecteurs
Monolithic crystals – SiPM – PET – High resolution – Position determination