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High-resolution single photon planar and spect imaging of brain and neck employing a system of two co-registered opposed gamma imaging heads

United States Patent

December 6, 2011
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A compact, mobile, dedicated SPECT brain imager that can be easily moved to the patient to provide in-situ imaging, especially when the patient cannot be moved to the Nuclear Medicine imaging center. As a result of the widespread availability of single photon labeled biomarkers, the SPECT brain imager can be used in many locations, including remote locations away from medical centers. The SPECT imager improves the detection of gamma emission from the patient's head and neck area with a large field of view. Two identical lightweight gamma imaging detector heads are mounted to a rotating gantry and precisely mechanically co-registered to each other at 180 degrees. A unique imaging algorithm combines the co-registered images from the detector heads and provides several SPECT tomographic reconstructions of the imaged object thereby improving the diagnostic quality especially in the case of imaging requiring higher spatial resolution and sensitivity at the same time.
Majewski; Stanislaw (Yorktown, VA), Proffitt; James (Newport News, VA)
Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (Newport News, VA)
12/ 321,667
January 23, 2009
The United States of America may have certain rights to this invention under Management and Operating contract No. DE-AC05-06OR23177 from the Department of Energy.