A Fast, High Gain Photodetector for PET

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-06ER84431
Agency Tracking Number: 80497S06-I
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 10
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-05ER05-28
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Kanai Shah
 (617) 668-6855
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr.
Phone: (617) 668-6800
Email: GEntine@rmdinc.com
Research Institution
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a functional imaging technique that has the potential to quantify the rates of biological processes in vivo. PET imaging can provide diagnoses for symptoms such diseases as Alzheimer¿s, head trauma, cancer, and stroke. However, the performance of existing PET systems is limited by the properties of the detectors available at present. This project will investigate a new solid state photodetector, which appears to be very promising due to its high gain, fast response, and low noise. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of applying the new solid state detectors towards PET imaging. The proposed photodetector will be built and then coupled to scintillation crystals. The performance of the detector modules will be evaluated. Energy and timing resolution studies will be conducted. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the Applicant: Over and above the use in nuclear medicine, the new detectors should find use in nuclear and high energy physics, space research, homeland security, and nuclear remediation.

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