Novel Ceramic Scintillators for PET

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-07ER84892
Agency Tracking Number: 83235
Amount: $99,998.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2007
Solicitation Year: 2007
Solicitation Topic Code: 51
Solicitation Number: DE-PS02-06ER06-30
Small Business Information
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
DUNS: 073804411
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alexander Lempicki
 (617) 236-1025
Business Contact
 Gerald Entine
Title: Dr
Phone: (617) 668-6801
Research Institution
Scintillation detectors, consisting of inorganic scintillation crystals coupled to photomultipliers, are an important element of medical imaging applications, such as positron emission tomography (PET). However, the performance, as well as the cost, of these systems is limited by the properties of presently available scintillation detectors. This project will investigate a new class of scintillation materials that can be fabricated using a low cost fabrication approach. The new materials are expected to provide higher performance and lower cost compared to existing scintillators used in PET. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of producing high performance scintillators using a low cost fabrication approach. Samples of these scintillators will be produced, and their performance will be evaluated. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Over and above the use in medical imaging, the new scintillators will be commercially applicable to NDE, bore hole logging, industrial CT imaging, X-ray instrumentation, and materials analysis. They also will be useful in particle and space physics experiments.

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