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Development of a high-resolution Anger camera for diagnosis and staging of cancer diseases based on state of the art detector technology

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 37737

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    31 August 2010

Funded under:

FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 464 090

  • EU contribution

    € 1 715 000

Coordinated by:

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy

Objective

The purpose of the project is the development of a compact and high-resolution Anger camera to be used in clinical and research environments and which allows earlier and more reliable diagnosis and therapy planning of cancer diseases in specific applications where high overall spatial resolution (less than 3 mm) and system compactness (less than 10x10 cm2 field of view) are required. The gamma camera is based on the well-established Anger architecture, where a collimator acts as a mechanical sieve for incoming gamma photons, a continuous scintillator uses the energy of each selectively passed gamma photon to generate visible photons and an array of photodetectors emits electric signals in response to the absorption of the visible photons. The improvement of performances is based on the use of a particular type of photodetector, the Silicon Drift Detector (SDD), which has recently demonstrated to provide better performance with respect to the commonly used photomultiplier tubes'. The camera is intended for use both single-handedly for planar scintigraphic studies and inserted in an annular holder (gantry) of small diameter for SPECT imaging. Thanks to its compactness and high spatial resolution, it offers potential applications in early diagnosis of cancer diseases affecting areas of the human body which can be hardly imaged with the large and heavy imaging heads and gantries of commercial Anger cameras. The camera to be developed in the present project offers also promising perspectives of integration at the system level with MRI instrumentation, thanks to the large insensitivity of the SDD photodetectors to large magnetic fields.

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Coordinator

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Address

Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 33
Milano

Italy

Participants (9)

L'ACN L'ACCESSORIO NUCLEARE S.R.L.

Italy

PNSENSOR GMBH

Germany

NUCLEAR FIELDS INTERNATIONAL B.V.

Netherlands

MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Germany

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

OSPEDALI RIUNITI DI BERGAMO

Italy

INSTITUT DE RECERCA DE L'HOSPITAL DE LA SANTA CREU I SANT PAU

Spain

UNIVERSITÀ DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO

Italy

CF CONSULTING FINANZIAMENTI UNIONE EUROPEA SRL

Italy

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 37737

  • Start date

    1 March 2007

  • End date

    31 August 2010

Funded under:

FP6-LIFESCIHEALTH

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 464 090

  • EU contribution

    € 1 715 000

Coordinated by:

POLITECNICO DI MILANO

Italy