9 March 2017 Fast and accurate Monte Carlo-based system response modeling for a digital whole-body PET
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Abstract
Recently, we have developed a digital whole-body PET scanner based on multi-voltage threshold (MVT) digitizers. To mitigate the impact of resolution degrading factors, an accurate system response is calculated by Monte Carlo simulation, which is computationally expensive. To address the problem, here we improve the method of using symmetries by simulating an axial wedge region. This approach takes full advantage of intrinsic symmetries in the cylindrical PET system without significantly increasing the computation cost in the process of symmetries. A total of 4224 symmetries are exploited. It took 17 days to generate the system maxtrix on 160 cores of Xeon 2.5 GHz. Both simulation and experimental data are used to evaluate the accuracy of system response modeling. The simulation studies show the full-width-half-maximum of a line source being 2.1 mm and 3.8 mm at the center of FOV and 200 mm at the center of FOV. Experimental results show the 2.4 mm rods in the Derenzo phantom image, which can be well distinguished.
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Xiangyu Sun, Xiangyu Sun, Yanzhao Li, Yanzhao Li, Lingli Yang, Lingli Yang, Shuai Wang, Shuai Wang, Bo Zhang, Bo Zhang, Peng Xiao, Peng Xiao, Qingguo Xie, Qingguo Xie, } "Fast and accurate Monte Carlo-based system response modeling for a digital whole-body PET", Proc. SPIE 10132, Medical Imaging 2017: Physics of Medical Imaging, 101321H (9 March 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2249738; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2249738
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