Monitoring of Radiation Therapy
Von Shakirin, Georgy
Dresdner Beiträge zur Medizintechnik , 8
TUDpress 2009. Kartoniert, ca. 21 x 14.8 cm, X, 112 S., zahlr. z.T. farb. Abb.
In-beam Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is a system for monitoring high precision radiation therapy which is in the most cases applied to the tumors near organs at risk. High quality and fast availability of in-beam PET images are, therefore, extremely important for successful verification of the dose delivery. Two main problems make an in-beam PET monitoring a challenging task. Firstly, in-beam PET measurements result in a very low counting statistics. Secondly, an integration of the PET scanner into the treatment facility requires significant reduction of the sensitive surface of the scanner and leads to a dual-head form resulting in imaging artifacts. The aim of this work is to bring the imaging process by means of in-beam PET to optimum quality and time scale. The following topics are under consideration: analysis of image quality for in-beam PET, image reconstruction, solutions for building, testing, and integration of a PET monitoring system into the dedicated treatment facility.