By Terry J. Spinks, Terry Jones (auth.), Markus Schwaiger M.D. (eds.)
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The efficiency gain of almost 5 quoted in the previous section for a phantom is effectively that found at very low count rates where dead time is negligible. 5). For a 20 cm uniform phantom, the singles/trues ratio is reduced from -60 (2D) to -20 (3D). Spinks et al.  showed by calculation and from measure- 1. Trends in Instrumentation 27 ment that this translates into a ratio of randoms/total trues about 10% higher for 2D than for 3D (using equation 3). The ratio for 2D is, however, lower than 3D when scatter is subtracted.
32 I. Methodology Normalization data obviously introduces its own statistical noise to the image, but this is minimized by scanning the source for long times (using long-lived 68Ge). However, if faulty detectors are replaced and renormalization is required, it is not always convenient to perform a long scan before another patient can be scanned. 3) and adjustments made accordingly. With regard to this, improved statistical quality can be achieved by averaging data from each detector over its fan beam (Figure 1-SA) rather than relying on individual LORs [80,81].
The ratio for 2D is, however, lower than 3D when scatter is subtracted. Bailey et al.  have compared NEC rates (equation 6) for different count rate conditions in vivo. For a subject injected with boluses of ISO up to 30 mCi (1100 MBq), the peak NEC in 3D was about three times higher than 2D. A comparison of NECs for a subject injected with llC-labelled diprenorphine (an opiate receptor ligand) showed a factor of 4 gain just after tracer administration to a factor of 5 at low rates. Recent studies on activation of the brain (measured with ISO-labelled water) that give significant results in individual subjects [691 have emphasized the considerable statistical gains resulting from acquisition in the 3D mode.
Cardiac Positron Emission Tomography by Terry J. Spinks, Terry Jones (auth.), Markus Schwaiger M.D. (eds.)