A compact detector module design based on FlexToT ASICs for Time-of-Flight PET-MR

Jose Manuel Cela, Lluis Freixas, Juan Ignacio Lagares, Jesus Marin, Gustavo Martinez, Javier Navarrete, Juan Carlos Oller, Jose Manuel Perez, Pedro Rato-Mendes, Iciar Sarasola, Oscar Vela, Jose M. Fernandez-Varea, David Gascon, Sergio Gomez, Ricardo Graciani, Joan Mauricio, David Sanchez, Andreu Sanuy, Oscar De La Torre, David Badia

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Recent developments in radiation detection technology have demonstrated the feasibility of simultaneous magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and time-of-flight positron emission tomography (TOF-PET). In this paper we report on a compact detector module design for TOF-PET compatible with MR based on the FlexToT front-end application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), a fast, low-power front-end readout for silicon photomultiplier arrays. The module comprises scintillators, photosensors, ASICs, field-programmable gate arrays, and USB or Ethernet protocols for communication with data acquisition systems. The small footprint of the proposed design allows its use on positron emission tomography (PET) inserts for existing MRI equipment, both whole-body scanners, and dedicated organ systems. The main design features are presented together with results from the characterization of a proof-of-concept prototype in terms of radiation detection and measurements of radio frequency emission spectra from the electronic components. Ongoing work is focused on implementing and characterizing a full module inside MRI for ensuring electromagnetic compatibility, addressing proper shielding, and the possibility of simultaneous PET-MR acquisition using our compact detector module design.

Idioma originalAnglès
Número d’article8467343
Pàgines (de-a)549-553
Nombre de pàgines5
RevistaIEEE Transactions on Radiation and Plasma Medical Sciences
Estat de la publicacióPublicada - de nov. 2018


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