Performance evaluation of a bedside cardiac SPECT system

Matthew T. Studenski, David R. Gilland, Jason G. Parker, B. Hammond, Stan Majewski, Andrew G. Weisenberger, Vladimir Popov

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This paper reports on the initial performance evaluation of a bedside cardiac PET/SPECT system. The system was designed to move within a hospital to image critically-ill patients, for example, those in intensive care unit (ICU) or emergency room settings, who cannot easily be transported to a conventional SPECT or PET facility. The system uses two compact (25 cm × 25 cm) detectors with pixilated NaI crystals and position sensitive PMTs. The performance is evaluated for both 140 keV (Tc-99m) and 511 keV (F-18) emitters with the system operating in single photon counting (SPECT) mode. The imaging performance metrics for both 140 keV and 511 keV included intrinsic energy resolution, spatial resolution (intrinsic, system, and reconstructed SPECT), detection sensitivity, count rate capability, and uniformity. Results demonstrated an intrinsic energy resolution of 31% at 140 keV and 23% at 511 keV, a planar intrinsic spatial resolution of 5.6 mm full width half-maximum (FWHM) at 140 keV and 6.3 mm FWHM at 511 keV, and a sensitivity of 4.15 μCi-1. s-1 at 140 keV and 0.67 counts. μ Ci -1 . s-1 at 511 keV. To further the study, a SPECT acquisition using a dynamic cardiac phantom was performed, and the resulting reconstructed images are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number5076051
Pages (from-to)625-632
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • 511 keVSPECT
  • Cardiac SPECT
  • Mobile SPECT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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