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CT-Based Attenuation Correction on the FLEX Triumph Preclinical PET/CT Scanner

Published in IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science. 2011, vol. 58, no. 1, p. 66-75
Abstract Generation of accurate attenuation maps is crucial for reliable attenuation correction of PET data and hence is a prerequisite for accurate quantification of biological processes. In this study, we implemented the CTAC procedure on the FLEX Triumph™ preclinical PET/CT scanner and evaluated tube voltage dependence for different kVps (40, 50, 60, 70, and 80). The quantitative impact of both bilinear and quadratic based energy-mapping methods on linear attenuation coefficients, attenuation maps and corrected PET images was assessed at different CT tube voltages. Attenuation maps were calculated from CT images of a cylindrical polyethylene phantom containing different concentrations of K2HPO4 in water. Correlation coefficients and best regression fit equations were calculated for both methods. Phantom and rodent PET/CT images were used to assess improvements in image quality and quantitative accuracy. It was observed that the slopes of the bilinear calibration curves for CT numbers greater than 0 HU increase with increasing tube voltage. In addition, higher correlation coefficients were obtained for the quadratic compared to the bilinear energy-mapping method.
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Research group Imagerie Médicale (TEP et TEMP) (542)
Project FNS: 31003A-125246
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PRASAD, Rameshwar et al. CT-Based Attenuation Correction on the FLEX Triumph Preclinical PET/CT Scanner. In: IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science, 2011, vol. 58, n° 1, p. 66-75. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:23506

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