Calculation of Noise-Effective Image Quality
Publication Date: 2003-Apr-04
The IP.com Prior Art Database
PET scanners are often classified by the performance metric known as noise-effective count rate (“NECR”). The National Electrical Manufacturing Association committee has declared this metric to be broadly applicable in aiding classification of machine performance for whole-body PET. This performance metric does not account for the image reconstruction process and is for a single, simple but well-defined phantom that does not adequately represent scanner performance over the range of expected clinical application. The methods described below will allow cross-comparison between scanner designs, including use of alternative scintillator materials, by using a metric defined as noise-equivalent image quality (“NEIQ”). NEIQ uses the essence of NECR, in that the scanner performance shall be generated at multiple points on a scanner’s NECR curve.