From PET detectors to PET scanners

Eur J Nucl Med Mol Imaging. 2003 Nov;30(11):1574-97. doi: 10.1007/s00259-003-1266-2. Epub 2003 Oct 2.


This review describes the properties of available and emerging radiation detector and read-out technologies and discusses how they may affect PET scanner performance. After a general introduction, there is a section in which the physical properties of several different detector scintillators are compared. This is followed by a discussion of recent advances in read-out electronics. Finally, the physical performance of the several commercial PET scanners is summarized.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Equipment Failure Analysis
  • Gamma Cameras / trends*
  • Humans
  • Image Enhancement / instrumentation*
  • Technology Assessment, Biomedical
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / instrumentation*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / methods
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed / trends*
  • Transducers / trends*