Positron range estimations with PeneloPET

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dc.contributor.author Cal González, Jacobo
dc.contributor.author Herraiz, J. L.
dc.contributor.author España, Samuel
dc.contributor.author Corzo, P. M. G.
dc.contributor.author Vaquero López, Juan José
dc.contributor.author Udías, José Manuel
dc.date.accessioned 2013-07-29T12:29:37Z
dc.date.issued 2013-08-07
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitation Physics in Medicine and Biology, (2013), 58(5), 5127–5152.
dc.identifier.issn 0031-9155
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10016/17413
dc.description.abstract Technical advances towards high resolution PET imaging try to overcome the inherent physical limitations to spatial resolution. Positrons travel in tissue until they annihilate into the two gamma photons detected. This range is the main detector-independent contribution to PET imaging blurring. To a large extent, it can be remedied during image reconstruction if accurate estimates of positron range are available. However, the existing estimates differ, and the comparison with the scarce experimental data available is not conclusive. In this work we present positron annihilation distributions obtained from Monte Carlo simulations with the PeneloPET simulation toolkit, for several common PET isotopes (18F, 11C, 13N, 15O, 68Ga and 82Rb) in different biological media (cortical bone, soft bone, skin, muscle striated, brain, water, adipose tissue and lung). We compare PeneloPET simulations against experimental data and other simulation results available in the literature. To this end the different positron range representations employed in the literature are related to each other by means of a new parameterization for positron range profiles. Our results are generally consistent with experiments and with most simulations previously reported with differences of less than 20% in the mean and maximum range values. From these results, we conclude that better experimental measurements are needed, especially to disentangle the effect of positronium formation in positron range. Finally, with the aid of PeneloPET, we confirm that scaling approaches can be used to obtain universal, material and isotope independent, positron range profiles, which would considerably simplify range correction.
dc.description.sponsorship We kindly acknowledge support from Comunidad de Madrid (ARTEMIS S2009/DPI-1802), Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (grants FPA2010-17142 and ENTEPRASE, PSE-300000-2009-5), by European Regional Funds, by CDTI under the CENIT Programme (AMITProject) and by CPAN, CSPD-2007-00042@Ingenio2010. Part of the calculations of this work were performed in the “Cluster de Cálculo de Alta Capacidad para Técnicas Físicas” funded in part by UCM and in part by UE under FEDER programme. This is a contribution to the Campus of International Excellence of Moncloa
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Institute of Physics
dc.rights © 2013 Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine
dc.subject.other Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
dc.subject.other Monte Carlo methods
dc.subject.other Image quality
dc.subject.other Image analysis
dc.subject.other Simulation
dc.title Positron range estimations with PeneloPET
dc.type article
dc.description.status Publicado
dc.relation.publisherversion http://dx.doi.og/10.1088/0031-9155/58/15/5127
dc.subject.eciencia Biología y Biomedicina
dc.identifier.doi 10.1088/0031-9155/58/15/5127
dc.rights.accessRights openAccess
dc.relation.projectID Comunidad de Madrid. S2009/DPI-1802/ARTEMIS
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dc.identifier.publicationfirstpage 5127
dc.identifier.publicationissue 5
dc.identifier.publicationlastpage 5152
dc.identifier.publicationtitle Physics in Medicine and Biology
dc.identifier.publicationvolume 58
dc.identifier.uxxi AR/0000013592
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