An investigation into the feasibility of radioactive gas imaging for studies in process tomography

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The powerful functional medical imaging technique of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) continues to be developed and adapted as a practical means of studying engineering processes at the University of Birmingham Positron Imaging Centre.

To date a considerable research effort has been made into the study of flow and mixing in solid and liquid systems and the development of Positron Emission Particle Tracking (PEPT) has made it possible to study multi-phase flow within industrial processes. However, little work has been reported on producing and imaging gases; this paper presents an initial investigation into the use of radioactive gas imaging for process systems.

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) was used to design an experimental procedure which can observe the adsorption of 11CO2 onto a packed bed of zeolite 13X, a mineral which can provide specific separation of CO2 from other gases. A trial run was performed to determine the feasibility of imaging gases under steady state conditions and a data analysis protocol has been developed to allow the study of dynamic gaseous processes.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th World Congress in Industrial Process Tomography
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Event7th World Congress in Industrial Process Tomography, WCIPT7 - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 2 Sep 20135 Sep 2013

Publication series

Name7th World Congress in Industrial Process Tomography


Conference7th World Congress in Industrial Process Tomography, WCIPT7
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  • Adsorption, CO2, Gas imaging, PET, Positron Emission Tomography