Monday, February 11, 2013

Simulation for Nuclear Medicine

Simulation is a very important tool in medical imaging, as I already wrote in a previous post. In nuclear medicine, Monte-Carlo simulation is the most used method to simulate data. There  are  several  Monte-Carlo packages, which vary in precision and accuracy of  the simulated effects and computational demand.  Some research groups devised their own Monte-Carlo computer codes, built on top of a general-purpose code, which serves as core layer and application-specific modules are constructed in a hierarchical layer architecture.

PET-EGS based on EGS4 (Electron Gamma Shower 4)
GATE (Geant4 Application for Tomographic Emission)

Dedicated packages that have supported PET and/or SPECT research are:
SimSET (Simulation System for Emission Tomography)
SORTEO (Simulation Of Realistic Tridimensional Emitting Objects)
PeneloPET (PENetration and Energy LOss of PET)

GATE is one of the most famous packages and the paper published by the authors is here:

Do you recommend other packages?


  1. Great site! I am loving it!! Will be back later to read some more.looking for more updates.

    1. Thanks Pedro! I hope you are still following the blog!