PhD project: Medical Physics

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Positron Emission Tomography (PET) is an important technique that is used in the diagnosis of cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. In recent years total body PET scanners with axial lengths of 1-2 m have been developed. These devices have the potential to dramatically reduce the radiation dose of a PET scan and broaden the utility of PET in human medical research resulting in new clinical applications. The experimental particle physics group at the University of Edinburgh has developed a collaboration with the Preclinical PET Facility at the Edinburgh QMRI facility. Using in-house expertise, we have developed a Geant4-based simulation framework that allows to study and optimize the parameters of total body PET scanners.  We are also starting to explore the possibility to characterize new and novel scintillators for use in total body PET. 

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