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Performance characteristics of the novel PETRRA positron camera

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R. J. Otta, M. Flower, K. Erlandsson, A. Reader, D. Duxbury, J. Bateman, R. Stephenson, E. Spill

Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)475-479
Number of pages5
JournalNuclear Instruments & Methods In Physics Research Section A, Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors And Associated Equipment
Issue number1-3

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The PETRRA positron camera consists of two 60 cm x 40 cm annihilation photon detectors mounted on a rotating gantry. Each detector contains large BaF2 scintillators interfaced to large area multiwire proportional chambers filled with a photo-sensitive vapour (tetrakis-(dimethylamino)-ethylene). The spatial resolution of the camera has been measured as 6.5 +/- 1.0 mm FWHM throughout the sensitive field-of-view (FoV), the timing resolution is between 7 and 10 ns FWHM and the detection efficiency for annihilation photons is similar to30% per detector. The count-rates obtained, from a 20 cm diameter by 11 cm long water filled phantom containing 90 MBq of F-18, were similar to1.25 x 10(6) singles and similar to1.1 x 10(5) cps raw coincidences, limited only by the read-out system dead-time of similar to4 mus. The count-rate performance, sensitivity and large FoV make the camera ideal for whole-body imaging in oncology. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

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