Towards the optimization of nuclear medicine procedures for better spatial resolution, sensitivity, scan image quality and quantitation measurements by using a new Monte Carlo model featuring PET imaging.
We present a new version of STIR, an Open Source object-oriented library implemented in C++ for 3D PET reconstruction. This library has been designed such that it can be used for many algorithms and scanner geometries, while being portable to various computing platforms. This second release enhances its flexibility and modular design and includes additional features such as Compton scatter simulation, an additional iterative reconstruction algorithm and parametric image reconstruction (both indirect and direct). We discuss the new features in this release and present example results. STIR can be downloaded from http://stir.sourceforge.net.