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1. (WO2017040040) POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY DETECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR DUAL-MODALITY IMAGING

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/040040    International Application No.:    PCT/US2016/047240
Publication Date: Fri Mar 10 00:59:59 CET 2017 International Filing Date: Thu Aug 18 01:59:59 CEST 2016
IPC: G01T 1/29
Applicants: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
Inventors: MCBROOM, Gary Vernon
NATHAN, Adam Clark
Title: POSITRON EMISSION TOMOGRAPHY DETECTOR ASSEMBLY FOR DUAL-MODALITY IMAGING
Abstract:
A positron emission tomography (PET) detector assembly (14) is provided. The PET detector assembly includes a plate (56) having a first side (60) and an opposite second side (62), the plate being fabricated from a thermally conductive material. The PET detector assembly also includes multiple PET detector units (44) coupled to the first side of the plate. The PET detector assembly further includes a readout electronics section (64) coupled to the second side of the plate, wherein, during operation, the readout electronics section generates heat that is transferred to the plate. The plate comprises a heat pipe (108) disposed within the plate and configured to extract the heat from the plate and to transfer the heat away from the plate.