Instrumentation optimization for positron emission mammography

William W. Moses, Jinyi Qi

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The past several years have seen designs for PET cameras optimized to image the breast, commonly known as Positron Emission Mammography (PEM) cameras. The guiding principal behind PEM instrumentation is that a camera whose field of view is restricted to a single breast has higher performance and lower cost than a conventional PET camera. The most common geometry is a pair of parallel planes of detector modules, although geometries that encircle the breast have also been proposed. The ability of the detectors to measure the depth of interaction (DOI) is also a relevant feature. This paper finds that while both the additional solid angle coverage afforded by encircling the breast and the decreased blurring afforded by the DOI measurement improve performance, for small lesions the ability to measure DOI is more important than the ability to encircle the breast.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jul 11 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Breast cancer
  • Fisher information matrix
  • PEM camera design and optimization
  • Positron emission mammography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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