April 15, 2009 - Based on its recent analysis of the U.S. PET and PET/CT markets, Frost & Sullivan awarded Zecotek Photonics Inc. with its 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology.
According to Frost & Sullivan, Zecotek's outstanding research and development has brought forth innovative scintillation crystal and solid-state photo detector technologies that will help deliver cutting-edge oncology, neurology and cardiology imaging equipment.
"Zecotek is favorably positioned as a global competitor, having been issued or allowed patents for its lutetium fine silicate (LFS) scintillation crystals in many countries and a series of pending and granted patents for its novel solid-state photomultiplier and Depth of Interaction design considerations," said Travis Chong, an industry analyst for Frost & Sullivan. "The company is integrating all these components into what it has dubbed the 'Plug to Socket', a very compact detector module element that captures high resolution images, is easy to install, and requires very low servicing."
Zecotek has emerged as a leader in developing affordable, sophisticated photodetector and solid-state technologies for PET/CT and other medical applications. The company first set the standard with its micro-pixel avalanche photo diode (MAPD)-1 concept, whose design and performance characteristics served as a solid-state photodetector design template for the industry over the last several years. The MAPD-1 eventually evolved into the MAPD-2 and MAPD-3, providing better electrical efficiency and imaging capabilities than traditional integrated photo multiplier tubes (PMTs) in scanners.