Emission computed tomography for guidance of sampling and therapeutic delivery
Treatment for a variety of diseases often requires guidance for the delivery of either a drug or radiation to the disease site. Positron Emission Tomography (PET) can provide three dimensional positioning of the location of positron emitting radioisotopes that can mark a disease site. However, the inversion of the raw emission projection data into a 3D volume is computationally intensive, and this results in a low update or frame rate. In order to be useful in either guiding a surgeon, or some other automated feedback approach, the update/frame rate must be of sufficient speed that the user can effectively control the process. This approach provides a substantial improvement to the frame rate by taking advantage of iterative reconstruction methodologies to shortcut the reconstruction process.
Lenox, Mark W. (2014). Emission computed tomography for guidance of sampling and therapeutic delivery. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from