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Development of an optimized LSO/LuYAP phoswich detector head for the Lausanne ClearPET demonstrator

  • This paper describes the LSO/LuYAP phoswich detector head developed for the ClearPET small animal PET scanner demonstrator that is under construction in Lausanne within the Crystal Clear Collaboration. The detector head consists of a dual layer of 8×8 LSO and LuYAP crystal arrays coupled to a multi-anode photomultiplier tube (Hamamatsu R7600-M64). Equalistion of the LSO/LuYAP light collection is obtained through partial attenuation of the LSO scintillation light using a thin aluminum deposit of 20-35 nm on LSO and appropriate temperature regulation of the phoswich head between 30°C to 60°C. At 511keV, typical FWHM energy resolutions of the pixels of a phoswich head amounts to (28±2)% for LSO and (25±2)% for LuYAP. The LSO versus LuYAP crystal identification efficiency is better than 98%. Six detector modules have been mounted on a rotating gantry. Axial and tangential spatial resolutions were measured up to 4 cm from the scanner axis and compared to Monte Carlo simulations using GATE. FWHM spatial resolution ranges from 1.3 mm on axis to 2.6 mm at 4 cm from the axis.

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Author:J.-B. Mosset, O. Devroede, M. Krieguer, M. Rey, J.-M. Vieira, J. H. Jung, C. Kuntner, M. Streun, Karl Ziemons, E. Auffray, P. Sempere-Roldan, P. Lecoq, P. Bruyndonckx, J.-F. Loude, S. Tavernier, C. Morcel
Parent Title (English):IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2006
Date of the Publication (Server):2013/01/30
First Page:25
Last Page:29
Institutes:FH Aachen / Fachbereich Medizintechnik und Technomathematik