Energy and timing measurement with time-based detector readout for PET applications: Principle and validation with discrete circuit components

Xishan Sun, Allan K. Lan, Chad Bircher, Zhi Deng, Yinong Liu, Yiping Shao

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Abstract

A new signal processing method for PET application has been developed, with discrete circuit components to measure energy and timing of a gamma interaction based solely on digital timing processing without using an amplitude-to-digital convertor (ADC) or a constant fraction discriminator (CFD). A single-channel discrete component time-based readout (TBR) circuit was implemented in a PC board. Initial circuit functionality and performance evaluations have been conducted. Accuracy and linearity of signal amplitude measurement were excellent, as measured with test pulses. The measured timing accuracy from test pulses reached to less than 300 ps, a value limited mainly by the timing jitter of the prototype electronics circuit. Both suitable energy and coincidence timing resolutions (∼18% and ∼1.0 ns) have been achieved with 3×3×20 mm3 LYSO scintillator and photomultiplier tube-based detectors. With its relatively simple circuit and low cost, TBR is expected to be a suitable front-end signal readout electronics for compact PET or other radiation detectors requiring the reading of a large number of detector channels and demanding high performance for energy and timing measurement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-135
Number of pages8
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Volume641
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 11 2011

Keywords

  • Coincidence timing
  • Digital timing process
  • Energy
  • Positron emission tomography
  • Radiation detector
  • Readout electronics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Instrumentation

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