Performance assessment of a slat gamma collimator for the 511 keV imaging

Britten, Alan J. and Klie, Robert (1999) Performance assessment of a slat gamma collimator for the 511 keV imaging. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 44(7), pp. 1735-1741. ISSN (print) 0031-9155

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Abstract

The physical performance of a prototype slat collimator is described for gamma camera planar imaging at 511 keV. Measurements were made of sensitivity, spatial resolution and a septal penetration index at 511 keV. These measurements were repeated with a commercial parallel hole collimator designed for 511 keV imaging. The slat collimator sensitivity was 22.9 times that of the parallel hole collimator with 10 cm tissue equivalent scatter material, and 16.8 times the parallel hole collimator sensitivity in air. Spatial resolution was also better for the slat collimator than the parallel hole collimator (FWHM at 10 cm in air 17.9 mm and 21.2 mm respectively). Septal penetration was compared by a single value for the counts at 120 mm from the point source profile peak, expressed as a percentage of the peak counts, showing less penetration for the slat collimator than the parallel hole collimator (1.9% versus 3.6% respectively). In conclusion, these results show that the slat collimator may have advantages over the parallel hole collimator for 511 keV imaging, though the greater complexity of operation of the slat collimator and potential sources of artefact in slat collimator imaging are recognized.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: emission computed-tomography, 511-keV collimator, spect, pet
Research Area: Allied health professions and studies
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences
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Depositing User: Kim Forbes
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2011 14:58
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/2523

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