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An easy-to-use phantom and protocol for weekly PET quality assessment: a multicenter study.

Abstract : The authors have developed a simple phantom and dedicated software for the quality assessment of positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. The phantom is a parallelepiped box filled with a relatively low activity 18FDG solution and in which simple test objects are placed. Various image quality parameters are checked, including signal-to-noise ratio, image uniformity, slice thickness, slice sensitivity profile, spatial resolution, and dose calibration accuracy. Automatic image analysis consists in detecting surfaces and objects, defining regions of interest, acquiring reference point coordinates, and establishing gray-scale profiles. The total time needed for quality assessment (preparation and image acquisition) is less than 15 min with 37 MBq (1 mCi) 18FDG. The system's ease of use encourages frequent image quality assessment-for example, the comparison of PET scanners in interdepartment studies and the monitoring and evaluation of possible drifts over time. By way of an example, the authors present weekly quality assessment results obtained over up to 7 months at four PET facilities.
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  • HAL Id : inserm-00467226, version 1
  • PUBMED : 18841843



Maximilien Vermandel, Loic Fin, Sébastien Hapdey, Anne Bol, Nacim Betrouni, et al.. An easy-to-use phantom and protocol for weekly PET quality assessment: a multicenter study.. Medical Physics, American Association of Physicists in Medicine, 2008, 35 (9), pp.3922-34. ⟨inserm-00467226⟩



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