Experimental study for an intraoperative probe for 18F imaging with a silicon pixel detector

A. Lauria, G. Mettivier, M. C. Montesi, L. Aloj, S. Lastoria, M. Aurilio, P. Russo

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Using a silicon pixel detector we have developed an imaging probe for intraoperative detection of tumor masses labeled with 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG) positron emitting radiotracer. The design goal is high efficiency for positron detection from tumor tissue and high rejection of the γ-ray background (511 keV annihilation quanta), coupled to imaging capabilities with submillimeter resolution. In this paper, we report on initial tests of the detector unit (linearity, sensitivity, spatial resolution, γ to β+ ratio), based on a room temperature silicon pixel detector (300 μm thick, ∼2 cm2 sensitive area) with 256×256 pixels of 55 μm pitch, coupled to the Medipix2 readout circuit. The laboratory tests carried out using 18FDG droplets showed counting linearity in the range 37-37,000 Bq, a sensitivity for (γ+β+) of 0.35 cps/Bq, an intrinsic spatial resolution of 230±5 μm with the source in contact with the detector, and a ratio γ/β+ of about 2% due to annihilation quanta.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)198-203
Number of pages6
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jun 11 2007


  • FDG
  • Intraoperative probe
  • Medipix2
  • Positrons
  • Silicon pixel detector

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics


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