The INSERT is the world's first clinical SPECT-MRI brain imaging system based on scintillation detectors with a silicon photomultiplier readout. Here, we demonstrate its use within a clinical MRI environment for the first time. Using a standard transmit-receive head coil, and with an appropriate selection of a custom MRI sequence (GRE), we overcome mutual interference. The INSERT and its bulky 50kg tungsten collimator introduce magnetic field inhomogeneity. Due to the specific MRI-compatible collimator design, inhomogeneity is compensated by shimming, leading to simultaneous acquisition. We process the SPECT data acquired alongside the MRI sequence to evaluate the SPECT system performance and the impact of the MRI. Finally, we present a set of simultaneous SPECT-MRI acquisitions, demonstrating multimodal imaging capabilities, albeit with a limited MRI sequence.

Challenges in Acquiring Clinical Simultaneous SPECT-MRI on a PET-MRI Scanner

D’Adda, Ilenia;Carminati, Marco;Fiorini, Carlo;
2023-01-01

Abstract

The INSERT is the world's first clinical SPECT-MRI brain imaging system based on scintillation detectors with a silicon photomultiplier readout. Here, we demonstrate its use within a clinical MRI environment for the first time. Using a standard transmit-receive head coil, and with an appropriate selection of a custom MRI sequence (GRE), we overcome mutual interference. The INSERT and its bulky 50kg tungsten collimator introduce magnetic field inhomogeneity. Due to the specific MRI-compatible collimator design, inhomogeneity is compensated by shimming, leading to simultaneous acquisition. We process the SPECT data acquired alongside the MRI sequence to evaluate the SPECT system performance and the impact of the MRI. Finally, we present a set of simultaneous SPECT-MRI acquisitions, demonstrating multimodal imaging capabilities, albeit with a limited MRI sequence.
2023
Caesium iodide (CsI: Tl)
clinical
MRI
multimodal imaging
silicon photomultiplier (SiPM)
SPECT
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