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Compact conscious animal positron emission tomography scanner

United States Patent

October 24, 2006
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A method of serially transferring annihilation information in a compact positron emission tomography (PET) scanner includes generating a time signal for an event, generating an address signal representing a detecting channel, generating a detector channel signal including the time and address signals, and generating a composite signal including the channel signal and similarly generated signals. The composite signal includes events from detectors in a block and is serially output. An apparatus that serially transfers annihilation information from a block includes time signal generators for detectors in a block and an address and channel signal generator. The PET scanner includes a ring tomograph that mounts onto a portion of an animal, which includes opposing block pairs. Each of the blocks in a block pair includes a scintillator layer, detection array, front-end array, and a serial encoder. The serial encoder includes time signal generators and an address signal and channel signal generator.
Schyler; David J. (Bellport, NY), O'Connor; Paul (Bellport, NY), Woody; Craig (Setauket, NY), Junnarkar; Sachin Shrirang (Sound Beach, NY), Radeka; Veljko (Bellport, NY), Vaska; Paul (Sound Beach, NY), Pratte; Jean-Francois (Stony Brook, NY), Volkow; Nora (Chevy Chase, MD)
Brookhaven Science Associates, LLC (Upton, NY)
10/ 687,797
October 16, 2003
This invention was made with Government support under contract number DE-AC02-98CH10886, awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.