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  • 1. SPECT
    Tara Conrad
    Ana Pena
    Christina Elder
    Paul Mozo

2. Principles of SPECT

  • Single photon emission computed tomography

(SPECT) is a nuclear medicine imaging technique
using gamma rays.

  • Images primarily the biological process or function

of organs rather than anatomical structure.

  • Uses a gamma camera to acquire multiple 1D

projection images which are then processed and
converted into 2-D images using the mathematical
technique of computer tomography.

  • Multiple slices are obtained simultaneously

and stacked to form a 3D representation.

  • To acquire the images, the gamma

camerais rotated around the patient.
Projections are typically acquired every
3-6 degrees. Generally, a full 360 degree
rotation is used to obtain an optimal
3. Process

  • Multi-headed gamma cameras can provide

accelerated acquisition.

  • 15 20 seconds is the typical time to obtain each

4. projection. This givesa total scan time of 15-20 minutes. 5. A nuclide in a radiopharmaceutical is placed into the body by either injection, oral or inhalation. It consists of an emitting isotope.

  • Photons travelling in the desired direction pass through the collimator towards the detector; other photons are absorbed by the collimator.

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Radiation detectors for medical applicationsBy Stefaan Tavernier, Boris Grinyov
6. Process

  • A gamma ray photon interacts with the detector (NaI:Tl crystal) by means of the Photoelectric Effect or Compton Scattering with the iodide ions of the crystal.

7. This interaction causes the release of electrons which in turn interact with the crystal lattice to produce light, in a process known as scintillation.
8. Process

  • These photons are then detected by a collection of photomultiplier tubes (PMTs)

9. Relative reading from the PMTs are used to compute the spatial coordinates of the gamma rays 10. Each PMTs outputs an electrical current proportional to the number of light photons detected.Radiation detectors for medical applicationsBy Stefaan Tavernier, Boris Grinyov
12. History of SPECT

  • 1940's crude spatial information about radioactive source distributions within the brain were produced using a single detector positioned at various locations around the head.

13. 1951 Ben Cassen invented the rectilinear scanner. 14. It produced planar images by mechanically scanning a detector in a raster-like pattern over the area of interest. 15. Only photons directly under the moving scanner could be detected at any given time 16. Long Imaging times 17. 1953 Hal Anger reported the first gamma camera 18. It used a pin-holeconfiguration 19. Produced images on a large piece of photographic paper 20. Long exposure times and high radiation doses.
21. History of SPECT

  • 1957Anger replaced the film and screen with a single NaI crystal and PMT array. This was the first Anger scintillation camera

22. Modern Anger Cameras use a lead collimator perforated with many parallel, converging or diverging holes instead of the original pin-hole configuration. 23. Resolution is determined by size of collimator holes 24. 1963 Kuhl and Edwards presented for the first time, tomographic images produced using the Anger Camera
25. History of SPECT

  • 1977Everett, Fleming, Todd and Nightengale suggested the use of the Compton effect for gamma-radiation imaging

26. 1980sFASTSPECT 27. Incorporates an array of gamma-ray cameras to simultaneously record enough planar images without camera motion. 28. All projections are collected at the same time, so total data-collection period is that required for a single planar image. 29. Too complex and high increasein price 30. 1983 Manbir Singh and David Doria proposed and experimented the use of the Compton Camera for SPECT because: 31. Mechanical collimation is replaced with electronic collimation 32. Huge gains in sensitivity (this compromises resolution) 33. Reduction in radiation dosageFASTSPECT
34. History of SPECT

  • 2004 FastSPECT II

35. 16-camera small-animal SPECT imager built with modular scintillation cameras 36. Enough modular cameras to collect entire data set without camera or imaging subject motion 37. Enlarged camera active area with larger PMT array 38. Lead-shielded enclosure 39. Improved calibration and positioning system 40. Specifically designed for small-animal imaging
41. History of SPECT

  • 2008Shinji Motomura et al Spectrom, demonstrated the feasibility of compton cameras for multiple molecular imaging. Camera has:

42. Two double-sided orthogonal-strip germanium detectors 43. Their excellent energy resolution enables discrimination of the nuclides 44. Accurate determination of the scattering angle for rays in wide energy range
45. History of SPECT

  • 2010 ProSPECTusdesigned by the University of Liverpool's Nuclear Physics research group alongside the Nuclear Physics Group at STFC Daresbury Laboratory

46. Improving future diagnosis of cancer and the probability of successful cancer therapy. 47. Technology based on Compton Camera 48. Much less of the radiation used in the process is wasted 49. 100 times more sensitive than existing clinical SPECT systems. 50. Increased sensitivity offers two benefits 51. dose of radiation administered to the patient could be reduced or 52. alternatively more patients could be scanned by one machine in a day if the current dose is used.
U-SPECT is an application that is used for veterinary purposes rather than normal medical purposes
Dynamic single positronemission computed tomography(D-SPECT) is a new technology used to improve theresolution and specificity
55. SPECT Applications

  • Heart Imaging

56. Brain Imaging 57. Renal Imaging 58. Bone Scans 59. Parathyroid Scans
60. Heart Imaging

  • Identify blockages

61. Diagnose a heart attack 62. Predict probability of a heart attack 63. Assess a patients condition afterbypass surgery or angioplasty 64. Additional applications include SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI)
65. Brain Imaging

  • Help differentiate between types of dementia

66. Help clinicians study Alzheimer's Disease 67. Identify specific areas of the brain affected by trauma 68. Identify effects of medication and drugs on the brain 69. Identify areas affect by seizures and toxicsDrug Abuse
Alcohol Abuse
70. Renal Imaging
SPECT scan can

  • Detect tumors

71. Damaged areas in kidneys 72. Glomerular flow rate
73. Non-Medical Application Gamma-Ray Spectrometer(GRIS)

  • Inspections

74. Mapping radio active contamination
75. Advantages

  • Provides 3D Images

76. Good Image Contrast 77. Physical and Functional imaging that is accurate and reliable for diagnostics 78. Cardiac Gated Acquisitions are possible with SPECT 79. High diagnostic ability for bone scintigraphy com pared to MRI