Methods for improving image quality in whole body PET scanning

Magnus Dahlbom, Dan Chu Yu, Simon R Cherry, Arion Chatziioannou, Edward J. Hoffman

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The authors discuss optimization of some of the scanning parameters for whole-body positron emission tomography (PET) imaging to achieve best possible image quality. The detection efficiency of the PET system can be improved by using more coincidence plane combinations in addition to the conventional direct and cross planes. The effect of acquiring an additional set of coincidence planes with a plane separation of ±2 was studied and showed a reduction in noise and improved uniformity without a significant loss in resolution. The effect of different sampling schemes were also studied. Using a continuous sampling scheme by moving the bed in steps equal to half the plane separation resulted in better image uniformity and a reduction in noise in comparison with images acquired using the standard interleaved sampling mode.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1079-1083
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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