The main novelty with respect to the PET modalities currently produced and developed in world laboratories is the application of plastic scintillators (instead of the presently used expensive crystals) as detectors of radiation emitted by radiopharmaceuticals administered to the patient. The tomograph will be constructed based on novel solutions in the field of detection of nuclear radiation, digital electronics, and the reconstruction of the place and time of the gamma quanta interaction. These solutions were invented and tested at the Jagiellonian University by a group of beneficiaries of the project. Experts from this group constitute the key personnel of this project, and guarantee its successful realization. The technology is unique on the world scale, which is reflected for example by 16 international patent applications and over 50 scientific publications in globally recognized scientific journals. This project will result in the elaboration of the technology, which will enable to produce significantly less expensive PET devices, characterized in relation to current devices by: (i) a three times larger field of view, (ii) two times better time resolution, (iii) a possibility of diagnosis of the whole body with a four times lower dose of radiopharmaceuticals, (iv) as well as the possibility to adopt the size of the diagnostic chamber to the size od the patient. More cost effective PET devices with the aforementioned advantages will contribute to a broader application of cancer diagnostics in the future (especially for individuals of larger-sized bodies or those battling claustrophobia) and will allow for more personalized decisions about the therapeutic strategy.
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