Frans van der Have

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UNLABELLED We present a new rodent SPECT system (U-SPECT-II) that enables molecular imaging of murine organs down to resolutions of less than half a millimeter and high-resolution total-body imaging. METHODS The U-SPECT-II is based on a triangular stationary detector set-up, an XYZ stage that moves the animal during scanning, and interchangeable cylindric(More)
UNLABELLED A major advance in biomedical science and diagnosis was accomplished with the development of in vivo techniques to image radiolabeled molecules, but limited spatial resolution has slowed down applications to small experimental animals. Here, we present a SPECT system (U-SPECT-I) dedicated to radionuclide imaging of murine organs at a(More)
We have developed a compact ultra-high-resolution gamma camera (UGC), based on an electron-multiplying charge-coupled device (EMCCD) coupled to a columnar CsI(Tl) scintillator. The EMCCD is suitable for photon-counting gamma-camera imaging, since it has an extremely low readout noise, even at high frame rates (<1 electron/pixel at 50 images/s or 11(More)
Pinhole SPECT is rapidly gaining popularity for imaging laboratory animals using gamma-emitting molecules. Penetration and scattering of gamma radiation in the pinhole edge material can account for a significant fraction of the total number of photons detected, particularly if the pinholes have small diameters. This study characterizes the effects of(More)
In pinhole SPECT, attenuation of the photon flux on trajectories between source and pinholes affects quantitative accuracy of reconstructed images. Previously we introduced iterative methods that compensate for image degrading effects of detector and pinhole blurring, pinhole sensitivity and scatter for multi-pinhole SPECT. The aim of this paper is (1) to(More)
UNLABELLED Today, PET and SPECT tracers cannot be imaged simultaneously at high resolutions but require 2 separate imaging systems. This paper introduces a Versatile Emission Computed Tomography system (VECTor) for radionuclides that enables simultaneous submillimeter imaging of single-photon and positron-emitting radiolabeled molecules. METHODS γ-photons(More)
Attenuation of photon flux on trajectories between the source and pinhole apertures affects the quantitative accuracy of reconstructed single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images. We propose a Chang-based non-uniform attenuation correction (NUA-CT) for small-animal SPECT/CT with focusing pinhole collimation, and compare the quantitative(More)
State-of-the-art multi-pinhole SPECT devices allow for sub-mm resolution imaging of radio-molecule distributions in small laboratory animals. The optimization of multi-pinhole and detector geometries using simulations based on ray-tracing or Monte Carlo algorithms is time-consuming, particularly because many system parameters need to be varied. As an(More)
Small-animal single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with focused multi-pinhole collimation geometries allows scanning modes in which large amounts of photons can be collected from specific volumes of interest. Here we present new tools that improve targeted imaging of specific organs and tumours, and validate the effects of improved targeting of(More)
Limited spatial resolution of preclinical positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) has slowed down applications of molecular imaging in small animals. Here we present the latest-generation U-SPECT system (U-SPECT⁺, MILabs, Utrecht, the Netherlands) enabling radionuclide imaging of mice with quarter-millimeter(More)