Accelerators for Positron Emission Tomography

  • Alfred P. Wolf
  • David J. Schlyer


The positron emitters Carbon-11, Nitrogen-13, Oxygen-15 and Fluorine-18 can be conveniently produced using low energy particle accelerators. The requirement is for these accelerators to deliver particle beams of sufficient energy to bring about the required nuclear reactions and with sufficient beam current to bring about practical yields of the required radionuclides. Table 1 lists the positron emitters, their characteristics and the most common nuclear reactions for their production which are in use today.


Drift Tube Turbomolecular Pump Neutron Energy Spectrum Drift Tube Linac Practical Yield 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alfred P. Wolf
    • 1
  • David J. Schlyer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryBrookhaven National LaboratoryUSA

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