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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577291/a-czt-based-blood-counter-for-quantitative-molecular-imaging
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Romain Espagnet, Andrea Frezza, Jean-Pierre Martin, Louis-André Hamel, Laëtitia Lechippey, Jean-Mathieu Beauregard, Philippe Després
BACKGROUND: Robust quantitative analysis in positron emission tomography (PET) and in single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) typically requires the time-activity curve as an input function for the pharmacokinetic modeling of tracer uptake. For this purpose, a new automated tool for the determination of blood activity as a function of time is presented. The device, compact enough to be used on the patient bed, relies on a peristaltic pump for continuous blood withdrawal at user-defined rates...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560574/eortc-pet-response-criteria-are-more-influenced-by-reconstruction-inconsistencies-than-percist-but-both-benefit-from-the-earl-harmonization-program
#2
Charline Lasnon, Elske Quak, Pierre-Yves Le Roux, Philippe Robin, Michael S Hofman, David Bourhis, Jason Callahan, David S Binns, Cédric Desmonts, Pierre-Yves Salaun, Rodney J Hicks, Nicolas Aide
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the consistency of PET evaluation response criteria in solid tumours (PERCIST) and European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) classification across different reconstruction algorithms and whether aligning standardized uptake values (SUVs) to the European Association of Nuclear Medicine acquisition (EANM)/EARL standards provides more consistent response classification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Baseline (PET1) and response assessment (PET2) scans in 61 patients with non-small cell lung cancer were acquired in protocols compliant with the EANM guidelines and were reconstructed with point-spread function (PSF) or PSF + time-of-flight (TOF) reconstruction for optimal tumour detection and with a standardized ordered subset expectation maximization (OSEM) reconstruction known to fulfil EANM harmonizing standards...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466279/using-31-p-mri-of-hydroxyapatite-for-bone-attenuation-correction-in-pet-mri-proof-of-concept-in-the-rodent-brain
#3
Vincent Lebon, Sébastien Jan, Yoann Fontyn, Brice Tiret, Géraldine Pottier, Emilie Jaumain, Julien Valette
BACKGROUND: The correction of γ-photon attenuation in PET-MRI remains a critical issue, especially for bone attenuation. This problem is of great importance for brain studies due to the density of the skull. Current techniques for skull attenuation correction (AC) provide indirect estimates of cortical bone density, leading to inaccurate estimates of brain activity. The purpose of this study was to develop an alternate method for bone attenuation correction based on NMR. The proposed approach relies on the detection of hydroxyapatite crystals by zero echo time (ZTE) MRI of (31)P, providing individual and quantitative assessment of bone density...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451906/saul-hertz-md-and-the-birth-of-radionuclide-therapy
#4
EDITORIAL
Frederic H Fahey, Frederick D Grant, James H Thrall
The year, 2016, marked the 75th anniversary of Dr. Saul Hertz first using radioiodine to treat a patient with thyroid disease. In November of 1936, a luncheon was held of the faculty of Harvard Medical School where Karl Compton, PhD, president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was invited to give a presentation entitled "What Physics Can Do for Biology and Medicine." Saul Hertz who attended the luncheon spontaneously asked the very pertinent question that perhaps changed the course of treatment of thyroid disease, "Could iodine be made radioactive artificially?" We review the events leading up to the asking of this question, the preclinical investigations by Dr...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283990/cerenkov-luminescence-imaging-physics-principles-and-potential-applications-in-biomedical-sciences
#5
REVIEW
Esther Ciarrocchi, Nicola Belcari
Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) is a novel imaging modality to study charged particles with optical methods by detecting the Cerenkov luminescence produced in tissue. This paper first describes the physical processes that govern the production and transport in tissue of Cerenkov luminescence. The detectors used for CLI and their most relevant specifications to optimize the acquisition of the Cerenkov signal are then presented, and CLI is compared with the other optical imaging modalities sharing the same data acquisition and processing methods...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260215/minimum-lesion-detectability-as-a-measure-of-pet-system-performance
#6
Stephen Adler, Jurgen Seidel, Peter Choyke, Michael V Knopp, Katherine Binzel, Jun Zhang, Craig Barker, Shielah Conant, Roberto Maass-Moreno
BACKGROUND: A phantom in combination with an imaging protocol was developed to measure the limit of small lesion detection on different PET systems. Seven small spheres with inner diameters ranging from 3.95 up to 15.43 mm were imaged in a Jaszczak ECT Phantom, in air, in a cold background, and with sphere to background contrast ratios of 15:1 down to 1.88:1. The imaging times varied from 1 to 16 min. The imaging protocol was performed on the Gemini TF and Vereos by Philips, the mCT and HRRT by Siemens, and the Discovery 710 by General Electric...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251575/mlaa-based-attenuation-correction-of-flexible-hardware-components-in-hybrid-pet-mr-imaging
#7
Thorsten Heußer, Christopher M Rank, Yannick Berker, Martin T Freitag, Marc Kachelrieß
BACKGROUND: Accurate PET quantification demands attenuation correction (AC) for both patient and hardware attenuation of the 511 keV annihilation photons. In hybrid PET/MR imaging, AC for stationary hardware components such as patient table and MR head coil is straightforward, employing CT-derived attenuation templates. AC for flexible hardware components such as MR-safe headphones and MR radiofrequency (RF) surface coils is more challenging. Registration-based approaches, aligning CT-based attenuation templates with the current patient position, have been proposed but are not used in clinical routine...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211032/depth-of-interaction-determination-in-monolithic-scintillator-with-double-side-sipm-readout
#8
Matteo Morrocchi, Giovanni Ambrosi, Maria Giuseppina Bisogni, Filippo Bosi, Marco Boretto, Piergiorgio Cerello, Maria Ionica, Ben Liu, Francesco Pennazio, Maria Antonietta Piliero, Giovanni Pirrone, Vasile Postolache, Richard Wheadon, Alberto Del Guerra
BACKGROUND: Monolithic scintillators read out by arrays of photodetectors represent a promising solution to obtain high spatial resolution and the depth of interaction (DOI) of the annihilation photon. We have recently investigated a detector geometry composed of a monolithic scintillator readout on two sides by silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays, and we have proposed two parameters for the DOI determination: the difference in the number of triggered SiPMs on the two sides of the detector and the difference in the maximum collected signal on a single SiPM on each side...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205113/cardiac-pet-ct-with-rb-82-optimization-of-image-acquisition-and-reconstruction-parameters
#9
P Chilra, S Gnesin, G Allenbach, M Monteiro, J O Prior, L Vieira, J A Pires Jorge
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to characterize the influence of time-of-flight (TOF) and point spread function (PSF) recovery corrections, as well as ordered subset expectation maximization (OSEM) reconstruction parameters, in (82)Rb PET/CT quantification of myocardial blood flow (MBF) and myocardial flow reserve (MFR). Rest and stress list-mode dynamic (82)Rb PET acquisition data from 10 patients without myocardial flow defects and 10 patients with myocardial blood flow defects were reconstructed retrospectively...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144857/digital-pet-compliance-to-earl-accreditation-specifications
#10
Daniëlle Koopman, Maureen Groot Koerkamp, Pieter L Jager, Hester Arkies, Siert Knollema, Cornelis H Slump, Pedro G Sanches, Jorn A van Dalen
BACKGROUND: Our aim was to evaluate if a recently introduced TOF PET system with digital photon counting technology (Philips Healthcare), potentially providing an improved image quality over analogue systems, can fulfil EANM research Ltd (EARL) accreditation specifications for tumour imaging with FDG-PET/CT. FINDINGS: We have performed a phantom study on a digital TOF PET system using a NEMA NU2-2001 image quality phantom with six fillable spheres. Phantom preparation and PET/CT acquisition were performed according to the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) guidelines...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130765/-123-i-fp-cit-enc-dat-normal-database-the-impact-of-the-reconstruction-and-quantification-methods
#11
Livia Tossici-Bolt, John C Dickson, Terez Sera, Jan Booij, Susanne Asenbaun-Nan, Maria C Bagnara, Thierry Vander Borght, Cathrine Jonsson, Robin de Nijs, Swen Hesse, Pierre M Koulibaly, Umit O Akdemir, Michel Koole, Klaus Tatsch, Andrea Varrone
BACKGROUND: [(123)I]FP-CIT is a well-established radiotracer for the diagnosis of dopaminergic degenerative disorders. The European Normal Control Database of DaTSCAN (ENC-DAT) of healthy controls has provided age and gender-specific reference values for the [(123)I]FP-CIT specific binding ratio (SBR) under optimised protocols for image acquisition and processing. Simpler reconstruction methods, however, are in use in many hospitals, often without implementation of attenuation and scatter corrections...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127694/accuracy-and-precision-assessment-for-activity-quantification-in-individualized-dosimetry-of-177-lu-dotatate-therapy
#12
Gwennaëlle Marin, Bruno Vanderlinden, Ioannis Karfis, Thomas Guiot, Zena Wimana, Patrick Flamen, Stefaan Vandenberghe
BACKGROUND: In order to obtain a reliable (177)Lu-DOTATATE therapy dosimetry, it is crucial to acquire accurate and precise activity measurements with the radionuclide calibrator, the SPECT/CT camera, and the NaI(Tl) well counter. The aim of this study was to determine, in a clinical context, the accuracy and the precision of their activity quantification over a range of activities and time. Ninety-three (177)Lu sources from the manufacturer were measured in the radionuclide calibrator over 2...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101733/3d-absorbed-dose-distribution-estimated-by-monte-carlo-simulation-in-radionuclide-therapy-with-a-monoclonal-antibody-targeting-synovial-sarcoma
#13
David Sarrut, Jean-Noël Badel, Adrien Halty, Gwenaelle Garin, David Perol, Philippe Cassier, Jean-Yves Blay, David Kryza, Anne-Laure Giraudet
BACKROUND: Radiolabeled OTSA101, a monoclonal antibody targeting synovial sarcoma (SS) developed by OncoTherapy Science, was used to treat relapsing SS metastases following a theranostic procedure: in case of significant (111)In-OTSA101 tumor uptake and favorable biodistribution, patient was randomly treated with 370/1110 MBq (90)Y-OTSA101. Monte Carlo-based 3D dosimetry integrating time-activity curves in VOI was performed on (111)In-OTSA101 repeated SPECT/CT. Estimated absorbed doses (AD) in normal tissues were compared to biological side effects and to the admitted maximal tolerated absorbed dose (MTD) in normal organs...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091957/point-spread-function-reconstructed-pet-images-of-sub-centimeter-lesions-are-not-quantitative
#14
O L Munk, L P Tolbod, S B Hansen, T V Bogsrud
BACKGROUND: PET image reconstruction methods include modeling of resolution degrading phenomena, often referred to as point-spread function (PSF) reconstruction. The aim of this study was to develop a clinically relevant phantom and characterize the reproducibility and accuracy of high-resolution PSF reconstructed images of small lesions, which is a prerequisite for using PET in the prediction and evaluation of responses to treatment. Sets of small homogeneous (18)F-spheres (range 3-12 mm diameter, relevant for small lesions and lymph nodes) were suspended and covered by a (11)C-silicone, which provided a scattering medium and a varying sphere-to-background ratio...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28084612/an-experimental-phantom-study-of-the-effect-of-gadolinium-based-mr-contrast-agents-on-pet-attenuation-coefficients-and-pet-quantification-in-pet-mr-imaging-application-to-cardiac-studies
#15
Jim O' Doherty, Paul Schleyer
BACKGROUND: Simultaneous cardiac perfusion studies are an increasing trend in PET-MR imaging. During dynamic PET imaging, the introduction of gadolinium-based MR contrast agents (GBCA) at high concentrations during a dual injection of GBCA and PET radiotracer may cause increased attenuation effects of the PET signal, and thus errors in quantification of PET images. We thus aimed to calculate the change in linear attenuation coefficient (LAC) of a mixture of PET radiotracer and increasing concentrations of GBCA in solution and furthermore, to investigate if this change in LAC produced a measurable effect on the image-based PET activity concentration when attenuation corrected by three different AC strategies...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070731/evaluation-of-two-intraoperative-gamma-detectors-for-assessment-of-177-lu-activity-concentration-in-vivo
#16
Viktor Sandblom, Ingun Ståhl, Roger Olofsson Bagge, Eva Forssell-Aronsson
BACKGROUND: Patients with somatostatin receptor-expressing neuroendocrine tumours can be treated with intravenously administered (177)Lu-octreotate. Few patients are cured with the present protocol due to the current dose limitation of normal organs at risk, such as the kidneys. By locally administering (177)Lu-octreotate to the liver for the purpose of treating liver metastases, a substantially reduced absorbed dose to organs at risk could be achieved. The development of such a technique requires the capability of measuring the (177)Lu activity concentration in tissues in vivo...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28063068/accuracy-of-177-lu-activity-quantification-in-spect-imaging-a-phantom-study
#17
Carlos F Uribe, Pedro L Esquinas, Jesse Tanguay, Marjorie Gonzalez, Emilie Gaudin, Jean-Mathieu Beauregard, Anna Celler
BACKGROUND: The aim of the study is to assess accuracy of activity quantification of (177)Lu studies performed according to recommendations provided by the committee on Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) pamphlets 23 and 26. The performances of two scatter correction and three segmentation methods were compared. Additionally, the accuracy of tomographic and planar methods for determination of the camera normalization factor (CNF) was evaluated. Eight phantoms containing inserts of different sizes and shapes placed in air, water, and radioactive background were scanned using a Siemens SymbiaT SPECT/CT camera...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058674/quantitative-myocardial-blood-flow-imaging-with-integrated-time-of-flight-pet-mr
#18
Tanja Kero, Jonny Nordström, Hendrik J Harms, Jens Sörensen, Håkan Ahlström, Mark Lubberink
BACKGROUND: The use of integrated PET-MR offers new opportunities for comprehensive assessment of cardiac morphology and function. However, little is known on the quantitative accuracy of cardiac PET imaging with integrated time-of-flight PET-MR. The aim of the present work was to validate the GE Signa PET-MR scanner for quantitative cardiac PET perfusion imaging. Eleven patients (nine male; mean age 59 years; range 46-74 years) with known or suspected coronary artery disease underwent (15)O-water PET scans at rest and during adenosine-induced hyperaemia on a GE Discovery ST PET-CT and a GE Signa PET-MR scanner...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987183/a-gamma-distribution-convolution-model-of-99m-tc-mibi-thyroid-time-activity-curves
#19
Carl A Wesolowski, Surajith N Wanasundara, Michal J Wesolowski, Belkis Erbas, Paul S Babyn
BACKGROUND: The convolution approach to thyroid time-activity curve (TAC) data fitting with a gamma distribution convolution (GDC) TAC model following bolus intravenous injection is presented and applied to (99m)Tc-MIBI data. The GDC model is a convolution of two gamma distribution functions that simultaneously models the distribution and washout kinetics of the radiotracer. The GDC model was fitted to thyroid region of interest (ROI) TAC data from 1 min per frame (99m)Tc-MIBI image series for 90 min; GDC models were generated for three patients having left and right thyroid lobe and total thyroid ROIs, and were contrasted with washout-only models, i...
December 2016: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957730/pharmacokinetic-modeling-of-a-novel-hypoxia-pet-tracer-18-f-hx4-in-patients-with-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
#20
E E Verwer, C M L Zegers, W van Elmpt, R Wierts, A D Windhorst, F M Mottaghy, P Lambin, R Boellaard
BACKGROUND: [(18)F]HX4 is a promising new PET tracer developed to identify hypoxic areas in tumor tissue. This study analyzes [(18)F]HX4 kinetics and assesses the performance of simplified methods for quantification of [(18)F]HX4 uptake. To this end, eight patients with non-small cell lung cancer received dynamic PET scans at three different time points (0, 120, and 240 min) after injection of 426 ± 72 MBq [(18)F]HX4, each lasting 30 min. Several compartment models were fitted to time activity curves (TAC) derived from various areas within tumor tissue using image-derived input functions...
December 2016: EJNMMI Physics
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