Optimal and sub-optimal post-detection timing estimators for PET

A. O. Hero, N. Antoniadis, N. Clinthorne, W. L. Rogers, G. D. Hutchins

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In this paper we derive linear and non-linear approximations to the post-detection likelihood function for scintillator interaction time in nuclear particle detection systems. The likelihood function is the optimal statistic for performing detection and estimation of scintillator events and event times. We derive the likelihood function approximations from a statistical model for the post-detection waveform which is common in the optical communications literature and takes account of finite detector bandwidth, random gains, and thermal noise. We then present preliminary simulation results for the associated approximate maximum likelihood timing estimators which indicate that significant MSE improvements may be achieved for low post-detection signal-to-noise ratio.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)725-729
Number of pages5
JournalIEEE Transactions on Nuclear Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear and High Energy Physics
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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