PET Data: Try your favorite algorithm!

This page provides free access to some PET sinogram data. You can use this data in any way you wish, no strings attached. If you publish results using this data (on paper, electronically, or whatever), it would be appropriate to acknowledge its source.

PET Thorax Phantom, Transmission Scan, CTI ECAT EXACT System

The left image is the "blank" scan, and the right image is the transmission scan.

For FBP reconstruction, take the ratio of transmission over the blank scan, smooth the resulting sinogram radially, take the negative logarithm, apply the ramp filter, and then backproject. Here is what you should get:
All this is easily done using the ASPIRE software package.

For better results, I recommend the grouped-coordinate ascent algorithm (IEEE T-MI, Apr. 1997) maximizing a penalized-likelihood objective function, also available in ASPIRE. Here is what you get:

Here is the raw data: (probably you want to shift-click):

Blank data:

Transmission data: The attenuation coefficient of water at 511 keV is about 0.1 / cm, and the phantom is mostly water except for the teflon spine and the styrofoam lungs.
This data came from an Siemens/CTI ECAT/EXACT PET scanner. Details about this scanner are described in: "Performance evaluation of a new generation positron scanner ECAT EXACT," K Wienhard L Eriksson S Grootoonk M Casey U Pietrzyk W D Heiss, JCAT, 16(5):804-13, Sep. 1992. (J. Comput. Aid. Tomo.)

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