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Hesterman J.Y.,Bioscan Inc. | Caucci L.,University of Arizona | Kupinski M.A.,University of Arizona | Barrett H.H.,University of Arizona | Furenlid L.R.,University of Arizona
IEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science

A fast search algorithm capable of operating in multi-dimensional spaces is introduced. As a sample application, we demonstrate its utility in the 2D and 3D maximum-likelihood position-estimation problem that arises in the processing of PMT signals to derive interaction locations in compact gamma cameras. We demonstrate that the algorithm can be parallelized in pipelines, and thereby efficiently implemented in specialized hardware, such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). A 2D implementation of the algorithm is achieved in Cell/BE processors, resulting in processing speeds above one million events per second, which is a 20 × increase in speed over a conventional desktop machine. Graphics processing units (GPUs) are used for a 3D application of the algorithm, resulting in processing speeds of nearly 250,000 events per second which is a 250 × increase in speed over a conventional desktop machine. These implementations indicate the viability of the algorithm for use in real-time imaging applications. © 2010 IEEE. Source

Hu J.,Bioscan Inc. | Zhang X.-E.,CAS Wuhan Institute of Virology
Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology

China has become the country with the largest diabetes mellitus population in the world since the 1990s. About 100 million diabetes cases have been diagnosed since 2008. Handheld blood glucose meters and test strips are urgently needed for daily patient measurement. The glucose monitor with a screen-printed carbon-based glucose electrode has been in commercial production since 1994. Since then, approximately 20 companies have been involved in manufacturing and marketing meters and test strips in China. The current market and production volume and updates on technology issues are discussed in this article. © Diabetes Technology Society. Source

Szanda I.,Kings College London | Mackewn J.,Kings College London | Patay G.,Mediso Ltd. | Major P.,Mediso Ltd. | And 6 more authors.
Journal of Nuclear Medicine

The NanoPET/CT represents the latest generation of commercial preclinical PET/CT systems. This article presents a performance evaluation of the PET component of the system according to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) NU-4 2008 standard. Methods: The NanoPET/CT consists of 12 lutetium yttrium orthosilicate:cerium modular detectors forming 1 ring, with 9.5-cm axial coverage and a 16-cm animal port. Each detector crystal is 1.12 x 1.12 x 13 mm, and 1 module contains 81 x 39 of these crystals. An optical light guide transmits the scintillation light to the flat-panel multianode positionsensitive photomultiplier tubes. Analog-to-digital converter cards and a field-programmable gate array-based data-collecting card provide the readout. Spatial resolution, sensitivity, counting rate capabilities, and image quality were evaluated in accordance with the NEMA NU-4 standard. Energy and temporal resolution measurements and a mouse imaging study were performed in addition to the standard. Results: Energy resolution was 19% at 511 keV. The spatial resolution, measured as full width at half maximum on single-slice rebinning/filtered backprojection-reconstructed images, approached 1 mm on the axis and remained below 2.5 mm in the central 5-cm transaxial region both in the axial center and at one-quarter field of view. The maximum absolute sensitivity for a point source at the center of the field of view was 7.7%. The maximum noise equivalent counting rates were 430 kcps at 36 MBq and 130 kcps at 27 MBq for the mouse- and rat-sized phantoms, respectively. The uniformity and recovery coefficients were measured with the image-quality phantom, giving good-quality images. In a mouse study with an 18F-labeled thyroid-specific tracer, the 2 lobes of the thyroid were clearly distinguishable, despite the small size of this organ. The flexible readout system allowed experiments to be performed in an efficient manner, and the system remained stable throughout. Conclusion: The large number of detector crystals, arranged with a fine pitch, results in excellent spatial resolution, which is the best reported for currently available commercial systems. The absolute sensitivity is high over the field of view. Combined with the excellent image quality, these features make the NanoPET/CT a powerful tool for preclinical research. Copyright © 2011 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine, Inc. Source

Bioscan Inc. | Date: 2012-12-27

Therapeutic apparatus which uses light for healing bone and tissue lesions for humans and animals.

Bioscan Inc. | Date: 2012-11-13

Grooming tools for animals incorporating light therapy.

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