Title: Positron Emission Tomography : from basics to the future

Chang Kim
General Electric Research

First, the basics of positron emission tomography, so called PET, would be presented, with a short history, from the radioactive tracer generation, body injection, gamma rays detection to image reconstruction. With the comparison to other medical imaging devices, I will try to show how its functional imaging capability is different from anatomical imaging of well known X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Second, how to build PET gamma ray detectors based on inorganic scintillator and photomultipliers and their critical factors will be presented. Third, the future of PET detector will be discussed with respect to Time-of-Flight PET detector developments using solid state photomultipliers.

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