Monte Carlo feasibility study for image guided surgery: From direct beta minus detection to Cerenkov luminescence imaging

C. R. Gigliotti, L. Altabella, F. Boschi, A. E. Spinelli

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Abstract

The goal of this work is to compare the performances of different beta minus detection strategies for image guided surgery or ex vivo tissue analysis. In particular we investigated Cerenkov luminescence imaging (CLI) with and without the use of a radiator, direct and indirect beta detection and bremsstrahlung imaging using beta emitters commonly employed in Nuclear Medicine. Monte Carlo simulations were implemented using the GAMOS plug-in for GEANT4 considering a slab of muscle and a radioactive source (32P or 90Y) placed at 0.5 mm depth. We estimated the gain that can be obtained in terms of produced photons using different materials placed on the slab used as Cerenkov radiators, we then focused on the number of exiting photons and their spatial distribution for the different strategies. The use of radiator to enhance Cerenkov signal reduces the spatial resolution because of the increased optical spread. We found that direct beta detection and CLI are best approaches in term of resolution while the use of a thin scintillator increases the signal but the spatial resolution is degraded. Bremsstrahlung presents lower signal and it does not represent the best choice for image guided surgery. CLI represents a more flexible approach for image guided surgery using or ex vivo tissue analysis using beta-emitter imaging.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberP07021
JournalJournal of Instrumentation
Volume11
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 21 2016

Keywords

  • Intra-operative probes
  • Multi-modality systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Instrumentation
  • Mathematical Physics

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