Eric Vandervoort

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Deviations in reward sensitivity and behavioral flexibility, particularly in the ability to change or stop behaviors in response to changing environmental contingencies, are important phenotypic dimensions of several neuropsychiatric disorders. Neuroimaging evidence suggests that variation in dopamine signaling through dopamine D(2)-like receptors may(More)
UNLABELLED In previous work, we described and validated a method of scatter correction for singles-mode transmission data using experimental preinjection data acquired with a dedicated rodent PET scanner. In the current work, we investigated the impact that our method has on the quantitative accuracy of small-animal PET. METHODS This investigation had 3(More)
We investigated the accuracy of qSPECT, a quantitative SPECT reconstruction algorithm we have developed which employs corrections for collimator blurring, photon attenuation and scatter, and provides images in units of absolute radiotracer concentrations (kBq cm(-3)). Using simulated and experimental phantom data with characteristics similar to clinical(More)
The attenuation corrections factors (ACFs), which are necessary for quantitatively accurate PET imaging, can be obtained using singles-mode transmission scanning. However, contamination from scatter is a largely unresolved problem for these data. We present an extension of the Monte Carlo simulation tool, GATE, for singles-mode transmission data and its(More)
INTRODUCTION Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) is currently under study regarding its clinical application in management of patients with kidney tumors. CyberKnife can accurately deliver ablative tumor radiation doses while preserving kidney function. We report Canada's first use of CyberKnife SABR system in treating primary kidney tumors. (More)
PURPOSE In this report the authors present the validation of a Monte Carlo dose calculation algorithm (XiO EMC from Elekta Software) for electron beams. METHODS Calculated and measured dose distributions were compared for homogeneous water phantoms and for a 3D heterogeneous phantom meant to approximate the geometry of a trachea and spine. Comparisons of(More)
The measurement of output factors for small fields is challenging and can lead to large dose errors in patient treatments if corrections for detector size and scatter from high-Z material are not applied. Due to its high spatial resolution and near tissue equivalence, GAFCHROMIC® film potentially provides a correction free measure of output factors but it(More)
We present an analytical scatter correction, based upon the Klein-Nishina formula, for singles-mode transmission data in positron emission tomography (PET) and its implementation as part of an iterative image reconstruction algorithm. We compared our analytically-calculated scatter sinogram data with previously validated simulation data for a small animal(More)
Novel dosimetry systems based on Al2 O3 :C radioluminescence (RL) and a 4D dosimetry system (RADPOS) from Best Medical Canada were used to measure the relative output factor (ROF) on Cyberknife. Measurements were performed in a solid water phantom at the depth of 1.5 cm and SSD = 78.5 cm for cones from 5 to 60 mm. ROFs were also measured using a(More)
A dosimetry system based on Al2O3:C radioluminescence (RL), and RADPOS, a novel 4D dosimetry system using microMOSFETs, were used to measure total scatter factors, (S(c,p))(f(clin))(det), for the CyberKnife robotic radiosugery system. New Monte Carlo calculated correction factors are presented and applied for the RL detector response for the 5, 7.5 and 10(More)