In the recent years new digital photon counter devices (also known as silicon photomultipliers, SiPMs) were designed and manufactured to be used specifically in positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. These finely pixelated devices opened new opportunities in PET detector development, hence their application with monolithic scintillator crystals now are of particular interest. We worked out a simulation tool and a corresponding validation method to assist the optimization and characterization of such PET detector modules. During our work we concentrated on the simulation of SPADnet sensors and the LYSO:Ce scintillator material. Validation of our algorithms combines measurements and simulations performed on UV-excited detector modules. In this paper we describe the operation of the simulation method in detail and present the validation scheme for two demonstrative PET detector-like modules: one built of a scintillator with black-painted faces and another with polished faces. By evaluating the results we show that the shape deviation of the average light distributions is lower than 13%, and the pixel count statistics follow Poisson distribution for both measurement and simulation. The calculated total count values have less than 10% deviation from the measured ones.

Validated simulation for LYSO: Ce scintillator based PET detector modules built on fully digital SiPM arrays

Gasparini, Leonardo;
2016

Abstract

In the recent years new digital photon counter devices (also known as silicon photomultipliers, SiPMs) were designed and manufactured to be used specifically in positron emission tomography (PET) scanners. These finely pixelated devices opened new opportunities in PET detector development, hence their application with monolithic scintillator crystals now are of particular interest. We worked out a simulation tool and a corresponding validation method to assist the optimization and characterization of such PET detector modules. During our work we concentrated on the simulation of SPADnet sensors and the LYSO:Ce scintillator material. Validation of our algorithms combines measurements and simulations performed on UV-excited detector modules. In this paper we describe the operation of the simulation method in detail and present the validation scheme for two demonstrative PET detector-like modules: one built of a scintillator with black-painted faces and another with polished faces. By evaluating the results we show that the shape deviation of the average light distributions is lower than 13%, and the pixel count statistics follow Poisson distribution for both measurement and simulation. The calculated total count values have less than 10% deviation from the measured ones.
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