A Novel, High Resolution PET Detector

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$99,998.00
Award Year:
2008
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85175
Agency Tracking Number:
86091
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Radiation Monitoring Devices, Inc.
44 Hunt Street, Watertown, MA, 02472
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
073804411
Principal Investigator:
Jaroslaw Glodo
Dr.
(617) 668-6800
JGlodo@RMDInc.com
Business Contact:
Gerald Entine
Dr.
(617) 668-6800
NMarshall@RMDInc.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a powerful imaging technique with a potential to quantify the rates of biological processes in vivo. However, the performance of PET systems is limited by presently available detector technology. Next generation gamma-ray detectors will be based on bright, fast scintillators that provide excellent energy and timing resolution. Therefore, this project will investigate a new class of scintillation materials that can be manufactured using a low cost fabrication process. The approach involves creating crystalline layers of new scintillators, leading to PET modules that can provide high energy and high resolution. Phase I will demonstrate the feasibility of producing high performance crystalline layers of new scintillators. Full detector modules will be built and evaluated in Phase II. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: Over and above use in medical imaging, the new scintillators should be commercially applicable to non-destructive evaluation, X-ray instrumentation, gamma-ray spectroscopy, oil exploration, and materials analysis. They also should be useful in particle and space physics experiments.

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