Development of an FPGA-based data acquisition module for small animal PET

Gy Hegyesi, J. Imrek, G. Kalinka, J. Molnár, D. Novák, J. Végh, L. Balkay, M. Emri, G. Molnár, L. Trón, I. Bagaméry, T. Bükki, S. Rózsa, Zs Szabó, A. Kerek

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We report on the design of a DAQ module for a small animal PET camera developed at our institutes. During the design an important guideline was to develop a system which is built up from strictly identical DAQ modules, and which has no built-in hardware limitation on the maximum number of modules. The developed DAQ module comprises of an LSO scintillator crystal block, a position sensitive PMT, analog signal conditioning circuits, a digitizer, an FPGA for digital signal processing and a communication module through which the collected data is sent to a cluster of computers for post processing and storage. Instead of implementing hardware coincidence detection between the modules we attach a precise time-stamp to each event in our design, and the coincidence is determined by the data collecting computers during the post processing. The digital CFD algorithm implemented in the FPGA gives a time resolution of 2 to 3 ns FWHM for real detector signals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2957-2961
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Nuclear Science Symposium Conference Record
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2004
Event2004 Nuclear Science Symposium, Medical Imaging Conference, Symposium on Nuclear Power Systems and the 14th International Workshop on Room Temperature Semiconductor X- and Gamma- Ray Detectors - Rome, Italy
Duration: Oct 16 2004Oct 22 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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