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Hamamatsu Orders Additional LFS Scintillation Crystals for PET Scanning Devices
November 19, 2013
Zecotek Receives US$1.5 Million Order for its Patented LFS Scintillation Crystals Through Hamamatsu Photonics Partnership
Singapore, November 19, 2013 - Zecotek Photonics Inc. (TSX-V: ZMS; OTCPK: ZMSPF; Frankfurt: W1I), a developer of leading-edge photonics technologies for medical, industrial and scientific markets, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Zecotek Imaging Systems Pte. Ltd. has received a US$1,500,000 order for its patented Lutetium Fine Silicate (LFS) scintillation crystals from its strategic partner Hamamatsu Photonics (Tokyo: 6965) of Japan. This second order of LFS scintillation crystals is generated to be used by a third party OEM of positron emission tomography (PET) medical scanning devices.
“Hamamatsu is actively marketing Zecotek’s patented LFS scintillation crystals,” said Dr. A.F. Zerrouk, Chairman, President, and CEO of Zecotek Photonics Inc. “PET manufacturers are recognizing the cost/performance/IP advantages of using the LFS scintillation crystal. I am very pleased with the efforts of our strategic partner Hamamatsu. The LFS technology was well covered at the recent Nuclear Science Symposium and IEEE conference in Seoul, Korea and in front of thousands of Hamamatsu’s customers at the November Photon fair in Japan. Our joint imaging projects are well on their way.”
On July 16, 2013 Zecotek and Hamamatsu announced a strategic partnership to commercialize existing imaging technologies and to collaborate on the upgrade and manufacture of photo detectors, integrated detector modules and associated electronics and data acquisition modules for the imaging markets at large. Hamamatsu is the world’s leading supplier of optoelectronics components including photo multiplier tubes and photo-diodes used in positron emission tomography (PET) medical scanners, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) projects and other industrial and scientific applications.
Zecotek’s patented (US patent No. 7,132,060) LFS series of scintillation crystals are known for their high light yields and ultra-fast decay times which allow for faster and higher-resolution operation of medical and industrial imaging devices including PET medical scanners. Zecotek’s line of LFS crystals also cover a wide range of emission wavelengths which can be tailored to match the spectral sensitivity of various photo detectors including the solid-state MAPD photo detector arrays.
The LFS scintillation crystals are manufactured under contract by the Beijing Opto-Electronics Technology Company (BOET), a subsidiary of North-China Research Institute of Electronics-Optics and an industry leader in growing, cutting, polishing and large scale production of scintillation crystals grown by the Czochralski method. Zecotek’s manufacturing process permits the growth of large-diameter boules with uniform properties and without cracking (a problem with many competing scintillation materials), resulting in high element output and lower unit costs.
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