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  TECHNOLOGIES AND METHODS IN NUCLEAR MEDICINE
Guest Editors: Todd-Pokropek A., Gilardi M. C.
 

The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2002 March;46(1):48-61

Copyright © 2009 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Monte Carlo simulations in SPET and PET

Buvat I., Castiglioni I.

From the Unité 494 INSERM, Paris, France * INB, University of Milan-Bicocca S. Raffaele Hospital, Milan, Italy


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Monte ­Carlo ­methods are exten­sively ­used in ­Nuclear Med­i­cine to ­tackle a ­variety of prob­lems ­that are dif­fi­cult to ­study by an experi­mental or ana­lyt­ical ­approach. A ­review of the ­most ­recent ­tools ­allowing appli­ca­tion of ­Monte ­Carlo ­methods in ­single ­photon emis­sion tomog­raphy (­SPET) and posi­tron emis­sion tomog­raphy (PET) is pre­sented. To ­help poten­tial ­Monte ­Carlo ­users ­choose a ­code, we ­present advan­tages and dis­ad­van­tages of the dif­ferent ­types of ­Monte ­Carlo ­codes cur­rently avail­able for ­SPET and PET, dis­cuss ­common and spe­cific fea­tures of the ­codes, clas­sify the ­codes ­with ­respect to ­these fea­tures, com­ment key prop­er­ties for a ­code to be appro­priate for a ­given pur­pose and, at ­last, we con­sider the pos­sibility of ­going ­towards a stan­dard­isa­tion of the descrip­tion of the ­codes ­which ­could facil­i­tate ­their com­par­ison.

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