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J Nucl Med. 2002 May;43(5):635-9.

Multicenter comparison of calibration and cross calibration of PET scanners.

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Clinic for Nuclear Medicine, University Hospital Charité, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany. lilli.geworski@charite.de

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the calibration of PET scanners and their cross calibration to peripheral devices in a multicenter study.

METHODS:

Twenty-three dedicated PET scanners were investigated, applying standardized protocols. To ensure exact determination of the activity used, dose calibrators were checked using (68)Ge standards.

RESULTS:

Nine of 19 and 11 of 20 scanners displayed an error of <5% in 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional acquisition modes, respectively. Four and 5 scanners displayed an error of 10% in 3-dimensional and 2-dimensional modes, respectively. All other scanners yielded errors of 5% to <10%. Because of hardware and software problems, the measurements performed on 1 scanner could not be adequately analyzed.

CONCLUSION:

An investigation of calibration is mandatory. Especially for quantitative analyses in clinical multicenter trials, identification of potentially miscalibrated scanners is necessary.

PMID:
11994527
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