The ProSPECTus project is developing the technology for next generation SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging. This technique is set to revolutionise the medical imaging process, improving future diagnosis of cancer and the probability of successful cancer therapy whilst enabling a higher throughput of patients in hospitals.
The project is a collaboration between the NPG, the Project Engineering and Instrumentation Departments in STFC Technology and the Imaging Group in the Department of Physics and the Magnetic Resonance and Imaging Analysis Centre at the University of Liverpool. The project ProSPECTus uses the principle of the Compton camera to allow the accurate localisation of a gamma-ray source through the reconstruction of interaction sequences in position and energy sensitive detectors. The system is expected to be one hundred times more sensitive than existing SPECT systems, which are based on systems of collimated scintillator detectors. This rise in imaging efficiency holds the potential to reduce scan time thus minimising patient dose and/or increasing patient throughput.
This project is a direct spin off from AGATA (Advanced Gamma Tracking Array), a nuclear physics research and development project with the aim of building the next generation gamma-ray spectrometer.
The project was funded through the STFC particle and nuclear physics applied systems (PNPAS) knowledge exchange award.
There is a STFC Press Release (link opens in a new window) about ProSPECTus.
The Liverpool Imaging Group also have a ProSPECTus web page (link opens in a new window).