Novel Scintillator for PET Imaging

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-04ER84057
Agency Tracking Number: 75530S04-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: 23
Solicitation Number: DOE/SC-0075
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Suite 200, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: Y
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Squillante
 (617) 668-6808
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 668-6800
Research Institution
75530-Positron emission tomography (PET) is a powerful imaging tool that can provide diagnosis for symptoms of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, head trauma and stroke. However, the performance of current clinical PET systems is limited by available detector technology, and there is an urgent need for improvement in PET instrumentation, in order to exploit the full potential of this promising technique. This project will develop a new detector material for PET, with fast response and high luminosity, leading to a detector with high energy and timing resolution. Other benefits include significantly reduced scatter and randoms, the main limitations in three-dimensional PET, and the possibility of time-of-flight PET. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of producing a high resolution, fast detector for PET. Extensive characterization of the detector is also planned. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: The detector technology should be very promising for PET and other medical imaging modalities such as CT. It should also be applicable in nuclear and high energy physics, astronomy, diffraction, non-destructive studies, safeguards, and bore hole logging.

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