By Terry J. Spinks, Terry Jones (auth.), Markus Schwaiger M.D. (eds.)
It is the mark of an urged brain to leisure chuffed with the measure of precision which the character of the topic admits, and never to hunt exactness the place in basic terms an approximation of in truth attainable. Aristotle With the improvement of imaging ideas, the in vivo research of human anatomy and body structure has turn into attainable with expanding "approximation of the reality. " Advances were made not just in information acquisition, but in addition in processing in addition to visualization of practical and morphological facts. Following the profitable program of planar two-dimensional imaging ways, extra lately third-dimensional facts acquisition and correspond ing tomographic photograph reconstruction has turn into attainable. With the speedy development of laptop help, complicated processing permits basic interplay with complicated facts units. Classical x-ray imaging options have matured to first-class spatial solution and distinction, which offer particular delineation of anatomical alterations happening in heart problems. In parallel, using tracer rules supported the profitable creation of nuclear medication systems for the practical characterization of body structure and pathophysiology. the appliance of such recommendations have been firstly restricted by way of fairly bad spatial solution, yet excelled in excessive sensitivity 30 years, scintigraphic imaging emerged from and specificity. within the final rectilinear scanning to planar gamma digital camera imaging and single-photon xvi Preface emISSIOn tomography (SPECT). according to those advances and the experi psychological good fortune of autoradiography, the possibility of scintigraphy as a scientific and examine instrument has been good appreciated.
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B: Diagrammatic representation of crystal penetration of photons at larger radial displacements. be derived from coincidences between any two rings. The angle of the fan defines the transaxial FOV (inner circle in Figure i-SA). In a practical example of this configuration in a whole-body scanner (CPS/Siemens 931) , each of the 512 detectors/ring are in coincidence with 192 opposite. The total number of LORs/ring is then (512 X 192)/2 = 49,152. A sorter module  16 I. Methodology rearranges these on-line, event by event, into parallel sets of LORs, each passing through the FOV at a different angle.
As the activity in the FOV rises, the recorded true coincidence rate rises to a maximum and then falls as the activity is further increased. Eventually the rate would fall to zero and the system would then be paralyzed. This behavior is illustrated in Figure 1-7 for a heart phantom placed in a structure simulating the chest . 8 cm. 8 cm axial FOV. 5. Peak trues also correspond to approximately equal randoms and trues. Included in this plot is the variation in the random rate, which, as indicated in equation (3), displays a quadratic increase (after taking dead time into account).
The efficiency gain of almost 5 quoted in the previous section for a phantom is effectively that found at very low count rates where dead time is negligible. 5). For a 20 cm uniform phantom, the singles/trues ratio is reduced from -60 (2D) to -20 (3D). Spinks et al.  showed by calculation and from measure- 1. Trends in Instrumentation 27 ment that this translates into a ratio of randoms/total trues about 10% higher for 2D than for 3D (using equation 3). The ratio for 2D is, however, lower than 3D when scatter is subtracted.