William F. Jones

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The 'EXACT3D' positron tomograph, which is now in routine clinical research use, was developed with the aim of achieving unprecedented sensitivity, high spatial and temporal resolution and simplicity of design using proven detector technology. It consists of six rings of standard detector blocks (CTI/Siemens EXACT HR+) with 4.39 mm x 4.05 mm x 30 mm(More)
A technique determines the optimal window width for orbiting rod transmission studies in positron emission tomography (PET). Windowing reduces noise in orbiting rod transmission studies. Lines-of-response (LOR) which intersect the rods generate primarily true coincidence events. LOR which pass far from the rods generate random and scatter events. Since the(More)
UNLABELLED We describe a methodology for measuring and correcting for attenuation in whole-body PET using simultaneous emission and transmission (SET) measurements. METHODS The main components of the methodology are: (a) sinogram windowing of low activity (< or = 50 MBq) rotating 68Ge/Ga rod sources, (b) segmented attenuation correction (SAC) and (c)(More)
We explore how the radioactive background from naturally occurring 176Lu affects single photon transmission imaging for lutetium orthosilicate (LSO) scintillator-based PET cameras by estimating the transmission noise equivalent count rate (NECR) including this background. Assuming a typical PET camera geometry (80 cm detector ring diameter), we use a(More)
A small diameter positron emission tomography, designed specifically for small animal studies, was constructed from existing, commercially available, bismuth germanate (BGO) detectors and electronics. The scanner consists of 16 BGO detector blocks arranged to give a tomograph with a diameter of 115 mm and an axial field of view (FOV) of 50 mm. Each block is(More)
Evaluation of the fluorescein pattern is the main clinical indicator of the fit of a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens to the cornea. Traditionally, manufacturers inventory RGP lenses in 0.05-mm base curve increments. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that experienced practitioners are not able to discern base curve/cornea(More)
This paper reports on experience with the engineering and empirical evaluation of data management software that stores objects in collections like the ArrayList or Vector. While many programs may retrieve an object from a collection by iteratively evaluating each object according to a set of condition(s), this imperative retrieval process becomes more(More)
High resolution positron emission tomography (PET) requires many detectors. Thus, data collection systems for PET must have high data rates, wide data paths, and large memories to histogram the events. This design uses the VMEbus to cost effectively provide these features. It provides for several modes of operation including real time sorting, list mode(More)
This paper presents a benchmarking suite that measures the performance of using sockets and eXtensible Markup Language remote procedure calls (XML-RPC) to exchange intra-node messages between Java virtual machines (JVMs). The paper also reports on an empirical study comparing sockets and XML-RPC with response time measurements from timers that use both(More)
Primary concerns for designing conventional bifocal contact lens optics involve placement of sufficient representation of distance and near optical powers before the pupil and minimizing the presence of secondary images. Geometrical models and lens measurements are used to establish guidelines for predicting bifocal contact lens performance. Proportional(More)