Medical Applications

Positron Emission Tomography

Key requirements for photo-detectors used in medical imaging modalities such as Positron Emission Tomography:

- coupling to LSO, LYSO crystal -> sensitivity to blue light
- high number of photons -> dark rate and crosstalk are not an issue
- insensitivity to magnetic fields (inside NMR magnet)
- time resolution (TOF+PET)

Silicon Photomultipliers well meet these requirements. In additon they possess the following advantages compared to PMTs:

- low operation voltage
- small size allows to build highly granular and compact detectors

Our goal:

Study the application of SiPM devices to Positron Emission Tomography and to build and commission a prototype TOF-PET scanner.

Contributions to conferences and publications:

Nuclear Science Symposium, Knoxville, USA, 2010
Conference Proceeding and Talk

International Workshop on Radiation Imaging Detectors, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 2010

DPG Frühjahrstagung 2010, Bonn

International Workshop on New Photon Detectors (PD09), Shinshu University, Japan
Conference Proceeding and Talk

DPG Frühjahrstagung 2009, Muenchen

DPG Frühjahrstagung Teilchenphysik (DPG 2008), Freiburg, Germany

IEEE 2008 conference, Dresden
Conference Proceeding and Talk

application/pdf PD07 conference, May 2007, Kobe (131KB)
Nicola proceeding