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Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Zecotek Photonic's Medical Imaging Achievement, Development of Next-Generation Scintillation Crystals and Photo Detector Technology
Date:4/15/2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the U.S. positron emission tomography (PET) and PET/computed tomography (CT) markets market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Zecotek Photonics, Inc. with the 2009 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology. Zecotek's outstanding R&D has brought forth innovative scintillation crystal and solid-state photo detector technologies that will help deliver cutting-edge oncology, neurology, and cardiology imaging equipment.

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"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," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Travis Chong. "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.

"Specifically, the MAPD design has been demonstrated to withstand strong mag
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