Radiation Detectors for Medical Applications / Edition 1

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The topic of this book is the use of scintillating materials in the detection of ionising radiation for medical imaging. The text surveys the state of the art in radiation detectors for medical imaging, followed by an in-depth review of all aspects of the use of scintillating materials. Also included are detailed discussion of ways to improve the performance of existing scintillating materials and completely novel uses of scintillating materials.

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Reviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is a collection of papers intended to describe the state-of-the-art of specific types of radiation detectors used in medicine. Both x-ray and gamma-ray detectors are covered, but other detectors (e.g. ultrasound and radiofrequency) are not included. The papers were delivered at the NATA Advanced Research Workshop held in the Crimea, Ukraine in the fall of 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to present discussions on the state of the field of various radiation detectors in medicine, and not to focus on the latest research results. This is a worthy objective of interest to physicists and engineers involved in designing radiation detectors and using them in clinical practice. For the detectors covered in the 13 chapters in the book, this objective is satisfied.
Audience: The book is written largely for individuals interested in the physics and engineering of radiation detectors and their clinical applications. It will be of limited interest to individuals outside these rather narrow applications. It could be of interest to electrical engineering and physics students, but it is probably too detailed for students in biomedical engineering or medical physics. The authors are highly credible experts.
Features: The book covers x-ray and gamma ray detectors and their applications to medicine. Of particular interest is the in-depth discussion of scintillation detectors in PET (positron emission tomography) imaging, a topic which encompasses perhaps half of the book. For persons involved in the science (not necessarily the clinical applications) of PET imaging, these chapters are recommended reading. The only shortcoming is that the title is much more inclusive than are the actual chapters in the book.
Assessment: For someone with an interest in the design and development of x-ray and gamma-ray detectors, this book would be very useful. I do not know of anything on the market that competes with it in terms of up-to-date information on the subject. These individuals may wish to read the chapters of this book in detail. For others with more peripheral interests, the book could serve as a useful reference.
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"The book provides an overview of radiation detectors for medical applications in general, with particular emphasis on scintillation detectors. ... All chapters include figures, tables, and illustrations that have been reproduced with good quality. ... Overall, I found the book to be a valuable resource on scintillation radiation detectors and their medical applications. This book should be part of any medical physics, health physics, radiology, or radiation oncology library. It will also be a good reference for scientists and engineers ... ." (Osama Mawlawi, The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, Vol. 49 (7), July, 2008)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402050916
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 9/29/2006
  • Series: Nato Security through Science Series B
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 307
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Table of Contents

Contents. Preface; S. Tavernier.-A Look at Medical Imaging Trends through the Eyes of a Medical Doctor; S.S. Makeyev.- Introduction.-Historical Aspect of Nuclear Medicine.-Nowadays in Nuclear Medicine.-Perspectives of Nuclear Medicine Imaging.- New Trends in X-Ray CT Imaging; R. Deych and E. Dolazza.- Present Status of X-Ray CT.-Detector Instrumentation in Medical CT.- Scintillator.-Photodetectors.-Future Evolution of Data Measurement Systems.- The Evolution of Spect- from Anger to Today and Beyond; W.W. Moses, A. Gektin et al.- Introduction.-General Considerations.-SPECT.- The Anger Camera.-Optimizing Positioning in Anger Cameras.- Collimators.-Scintillators for Spect.- Recently Developed Scintillator Materials.- Conclusion.- New Trends in PET Detector Developments; P.Lecoq.- Introduction.-PET Based Molecular Imaging.-Improving Sensitivity.- Improving Spatial and Temporal Resolution.-Multimodaility and Multifunctionality.-New Conversion Materials.- New Photodetectors.-Highly Integrated and Low Noise Electronics.-Intelligent and Triggerable Data Acquisition Systems.-Simulation Software.-New Reconstruction and Visualisation Algorithms.-Conclusion.-Semiconductor Detectors in Radiation Medicine: Radiotherapy and related Applcations; A.B. Rosenfeld.- Introduction.-Integral Semiconductor Dosimetry in Radiation Therapy.-Mosfet Detectors.-Semiconductor Radiation Detectors in Hadron Therapy.- Semiconductor Radiation Detectors for Microdosimetry in Radiation Therapy.-Application of Scintillator Based Detector in Radiation Therapy.-Conclusion.-First Results with the ClearPET small Animal PET Scanners; S. Tavernier et al.- Introduction.-Description of the ClearPET Scanners.-Measured Performance and Comparison with Monte Carlo Simulations.- Image Reconstruction.-Conclusions.-Investigation of Crystal Identification Methods for ClearPETTM Phoswich Detector; D. Wisniewski et al.- Introduction.-Measurement Setup.-Crystal Identification Methods.- Experimental Results.- Conclusions.- Directions in Scintillation Materials Research; P. Dorenbos.- Introduction.-Historic Developments.- Fundamental Limits.- Directions in Scintillation Materials Research.-Summary and Conclusions.-Scintillation Detectors for Medical and Biology Applications: Materials, Design and Light Collection Conditions; M. Globus, B. Grinyov.- Introduction.-2. Some Features and Regularities of Light Collection in Scintillators.- Medical Diagnostics Instrumentation.- Thin Scintillation Films for Biological Microtomography. Conclusions.- Current and Future Use of LSO: CE Scintillators in PET; C.L. Melcher et al.- Introduction.-Physical Properties.- Scintillation Properties.-Crystal Growth.-Detector Design.- Future Uses of LSO: CE in PET.-Conclusion.-Inorganic Scintillators in Positron Emission Tomography; C.W.E. van Eijk.- Introduction.-Inorganic Scintillators.- Position Resolution and Depth of Interaction.-Coincidence-Time Resolution, Random Coincidences, Time of Flight and Dead Time.-Conclusion.-Crystal Fibers and thin Films for Imaging Applications; C. Pedrini and C. Dujardin.-. Introduction.-Single Crystal Fibers.- Scintillating Thin Films Deposited on Substrate.- Scintillation thin Layers created by Irradiation.-Conclusions. Non-Proportionality and Energy Resolution of Scintillation Detectors; M. Moszynski.-Introduction.-Outline of the Problem.Study of Energy Resolution and Non-Proportionality.- Discussion and Conclusions.

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