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Spectroscopic and imaging capabilities of a pixellated photon counting system

Amendolia, Salvator Roberto and Bisogni, Maria Giuseppina and Bottigli, Ubaldo and Delogu, Pasquale and Dipasquale, Giovanna and Fantacci, Maria Evelina and Marchi, Alex and Marzulli, Vincenzo M. and Oliva, Piernicola and Palmiero, Rosa and Rosso, Valeria and Stefanini, Arnaldo and Stumbo, Simone and Zucca, Sergio (2001) Spectroscopic and imaging capabilities of a pixellated photon counting system. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research. Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, Vol. 466 (1), p. 74-78. ISSN 0168-9002. Article.

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DOI: 10.1016/S0168-9002(01)00827-0

Abstract

We are studying the performance of various thickness GaAs pixel detectors bump-bonded to a dedicated photon counting chip (PCC) for medical imaging applications in different energy ranges. In this work we present the experimental results obtained with a 600 μm thick pixel matrix (64×64 square pixels, 170 μm side) in the 60–140 keV energy range to evaluate the possible use of such a system in the nuclear medicine field. In particular, we have measured the spectroscopic properties of the detector (charge collection efficiency, energy resolution and detection efficiency) and evaluated the discrimination capability of the electronics. Then we have measured the imaging properties of the whole system in terms of Point Spread Function and using a home made thyroid phantom. We present also a comparison with a traditional gamma camera and an evaluation, made by both experimental measurements and software simulations, of the imaging characteristics related to the use of a collimation system.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:4508
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:GaAs pixel detector, photon counting chip, medical imaging
Subjects:Area 02 - Scienze fisiche > FIS/07 Fisica applicata (a beni culturali, ambientali, biologia e medicina)
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 03 Istituti > Matematica e fisica
Publisher:North Holland / Elsevier
ISSN:0168-9002
Deposited On:07 Sep 2010 16:14

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