A NEW PHOTON DETECTOR FOR SINGLE PHOTON EMISSION COMPUTER TOMOGRAPHY AND POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY

Period of Performance: 01/01/1988 - 12/31/1988

$500K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Applied Research Corp.
8201 Corporate Dr Suite 1120
Landover, MD 20785
Principal Investigator

Abstract

DEVELOPMENT OF A NOVEL TYPE OF PARTICLE DETECTOR IS PLANNED BASED ON ENERGY-SENSITIVE SUPERCONDUCTING STRUCTURES. IN POSITRON EMISSON TOMOGRAPHY (PET)/SINGLE PHOTON EMISSION COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (SPECT) APPLICATION IT PROMISES ORDER OF MAGNITUDE IMPROVEMENTS IN IMAGE QUALITY BECAUSE OF (1) SUBMILLIMETER SPATIAL RESOLUTION; (2) VERY FAST, SUBNANOSECOND READOUT; AND (3) VERY HIGH STOPPING POWER FOR HIGH ENERGY PHOTONS. THE POSSIBILITY OF DEVELOPMENT OF A NEW RING DETECTOR THAT FEATURES BOTH SPECT AND PET IMAGING CAPABILITY IS SUGGESTED.