Voxel Imaging PET (VIP) Pathfinder project intends to show the
advantages of using pixelated solid-state technology for nuclear
medicine applications. Its aim is to show that using pixelated
solid-state technology with a large number of signal channels for
nuclear medicine detectors will improve both the energy and position
resolution of the measurements with high efficiency compared to
state-of-the-art crystal PET detectors. Additionally, because of the
orientation of the sensors within the design, the signals are not
affected by a strong magnetic field, thus making it possible to be
used for hybrid PET/MRI imaging systems. Though the VIP project is
focusing on PET scanners, the concept can be extended to be used for
PEM scanners and Compton gamma cameras.
application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) is designed and
produced by the VIP project. Also, a proof of concept experimental
set-up will be constructed and evaluated, to confirm the predicted
VIP project is being funded by FP7-ERC-AG. It has started in July 2010 for a period of 48 months.