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Monte Carlo simulation is an essential tool in emission tomography that can assist in the design of new medical imaging devices, the optimization of acquisition protocols and the development or assessment of image reconstruction algorithms and correction techniques. GATE, the Geant4 Application for Tomographic Emission, encapsulates the Geant4 libraries to(More)
UNLABELLED There has been considerable debate about the desirability of attenuation correction in whole-body PET oncology imaging. The advantages of attenuation correction are quantitative accuracy, whereas the perceived disadvantages are loss of contrast, noise amplification, and increased scanning time. In this work, we explain contrast changes between(More)
Rats with bilateral neonatal ventral hippocampus lesions (NVHL) are commonly used for modeling developmental aspects of the pathophysiology of schizophrenia. Given that functional changes become significant only after puberty, NVHL as well as sham-operated rats were analyzed at the ages of 21, 42 and 63days (i.e. as pups, adolescents and adults), using MRI(More)
We present a method of performing fast and accurate three-dimensional (3-D) backprojection using only Fourier transform operations for line-integral data acquired by planar detector arrays in positron emission tomography. This approach is a 3-D extension of the two-dimensional (2-D) linogram technique of Edholm. By using a special choice of parameters to(More)
This paper presents the design and characteristics of a front-end readout application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) dedicated to a multichannel-plate photodetector coupled to LYSO scintillating crystals. In our configuration, the crystals are oriented in the axial direction readout on both sides by individual photodetector channels allowing the spatial(More)
Rats with a bilateral neonatal ventral hippocampus lesion (NVHL) are used as models of neurobiological aspects of schizophrenia. In view of their decreased number of GABAergic interneurons, we hypothesized that they would show increased reactivity to acoustic stimuli. We systematically characterized the acoustic reactivity of NVHL rats and sham operated(More)
A series of bis-, tris- and tetra-phosphonated pyridine ligands is presented. In view of their potential use as chelates for radiopharmaceutical applications, the physico-chemical properties of the ligands and of their Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II), and Zn(II) complexes were studied by means of potentiometry and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy. The pKa values of(More)
UNLABELLED The aim of this study was to determine the effect of perfusion defect and imaging sequence on the evaluation of myocardial stunning with gated perfusion SPECT. METHODS A dynamic mathematic cardiac torso phantom was used to create 100 gated SPECT simulations (50 stress-rest and 50 rest-stress sequences) with a wide range of perfusion defects. No(More)
In tissue engineering, it is still rare today to see clinically transferable strategies for tissue-engineered graft production that conclusively offer better tissue regeneration than the already existing technologies, decreased recovery times, and less risk of complications. Here a novel tissue-engineering concept is presented for the production of living(More)