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How do PET scanners work?

• Positron emitting isotope is administered to the patient.
• Positron inside the body travels and meets electrons.
• Electrons and positrons annihilate each other, and produce two gamma photons.
• Gamma photons sensed by detector, and an image is built up.

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When does positron emission take place?

Positron emission takes place when a proton changes into a neutron in an unstable nucleus with too many proton .

3

How are positron emitting isotopes formed?

• Place a stable isotope in the path of a beam of protons.
• Some of the nuclei in the substance will absorb extra protons and become unstable positron emitters.

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What did Dirac's theory of anti particles predict?

Every type of particle has a corresponding anti particle.
• When meeting, will annihilate the particle, and convert their total mass into photons.
• Anti particle has the same rest mass as the particle.
• Anti particle has exactly opposite charge tot he particle ( If it has a charge ).

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What is pair production?

W A photon with sufficient energy passing near a nucleus or an electron can suddenly change into a particle-antiparticle pair.

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What is the formula for the minimum energy of each photon produced from annihilation?

Minimum Energy of each photon produced, hf min = E0.

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What happens in pair production?

A photon creates a particle and a corresponding antiparticle, and vanishes in the process.

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When does annihilation occur?

• Annihilation occurs when a particle and a corresponding anti particle meet and their mass is converted into radiation energy.

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What is produced in annihilation?

• Two photons

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Why are two photons produced in annihilation?

A single photon cannot ensure a total momentum of zero after the collision.

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What is the formula for minimum energy of each photon produced?

Energy of each photon = hfmin
Energy of two photons = 2hfmin
Rest energy of particle = E0
• 2hfmin = 2E0
• hfmin = E0

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What is the formula for the minimum energy of photon needed for pair production to occur?

Minimum energy of photon needed = hfmin = 2E0
• hfmin = Energy of one photon
• Rest energy of one particle = E0

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What happens to the mass of the particle in annihilation?

The mass of the particle and antiparticle is converted back into energy.