New methodologies in medical PET imaging

Lead Research Organisation: University of York
Department Name: Physics


Ruth will work in the area of medical physics and her project will be in the area of positron emission tomography (PET) medical imaging. The project will comprise two related aspects. The first will involve GEANT4 simulation of the PET imaging process and analysis of laboratory PET data obtained with a new Cadmium Zinc Telluride (CZT) based gamma detection system. This is under development in a collaboration between Kromek Ltd and the University of York. The detector system offers significant improvement in efficiency and position reconstruction for photon interactions in the detector over comparable systems. The data obtained will be used to establish a new method for PET imaging utilising previously overlooked aspects of quantum information. The project will also include the further development of simulation software which includes these effects in the modelling of particle interactions in matter. The second aspect of the Ph.D project will also involve carrying out a proof of principle measurement relating to a new idea for the production of PET isotopes using next generation high intensity gamma beams. The key data will be collected at MAMI using an existing prototype cell and the results will be analysed as part of the Ph.D with a view to establishing the feasibility of the new concept.


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Studentship Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Student Name
EP/R513386/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2023
2107050 Studentship EP/R513386/1 01/10/2018 30/09/2021 Ruth Newton