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The investigation of different cameras for in-beam PET imaging.

Pawelke, J.; Byars, L.; Enghardt, W.; Fromm, W.-D.; Geissel, H.; Hasch, B.-G.; Lauckner, K.; Manfraß, P.; Schardt, D.; Sobiella, M.
In situ and in vivo treatment plan verification and beam monitoring as well as dose control during heavy-ion tumour therapy can be performed in principle by measurements of range distributions of positron-emitting nuclei by means of PET techniques. For this purpose the performance of different types of positron camera as well as the results of in-beam PET experiments using beams of positron-active ions (15O, 17F and 19Ne with energies of 300-500 AMeV) are presented. Following the deduced performance requirements a PET scanner that is designed for clinical use in experimental heavy-ion therapy at GSI Darmstadt has been built. This limited angle tomograph consists of two large-area detector heads based on position sensitive BGO detectors and is predicted to perform the measurement of the end point of a positron-emitting ion beam for the verification of a treatment plan with a precision better than 1 mm. The maximum dose applied in the patient thereby is of the magnitude of 10 mGy.
  • Physics in Medicine and Biology, Vol. 41, No. 2(1996)279-296


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