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Investigation of radiation detection properties of CRY-018 and CRY-019 scintillators for medical imaging
KTH, School of Technology and Health (STH), Medical Engineering, Medical Imaging.
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2016 (English)In: Journal of Instrumentation, ISSN 1748-0221, E-ISSN 1748-0221, Vol. 11, article id P09010Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

During the last years the research for new scintillation crystals has been crucial for the improvement of imaging performance in nuclear medicine applications. Crytur company has recently released two new scintillators named CRY-018 and CRY-019 which are non hygroscopic, have short decay time and low refraction index. They represent the ideal candidates to substitute NaI:Tl and BGO crystals in future PET ad SPECT applications. The purpose of this work is to characterize this unknown crystals, look for possible applications in imaging for nuclear medicine. The results of this work were compared with the results obtained with a LaBr3:ce scintillation crystal. This particular crystal is used as a comparison benchmark because of its strong linear pulse height uniformity response and high energy resolution. Measurements have been performed with a high count rate which is typical for medical applications. Irradiation of the crystals have been performed in three different geometries and in a photon energy range suitable with SPECT and PET applications. The experimental results identify the CRY-018 as an Yttrium and Silicon mixture and the CRY-019 with as Lutetium and Silicon one. Moreover a light yield of about 45% of LaBr3 one, was obtained for both the CRY-018 and CRY-019. This is one of the higher light yield between most of the scintillation crystals usually used in nuclear medicine. Both crystals are characterized by a non-proportionality in the pulse height linearity response. Energy resolutions of 7.4% for CRY-018 and 8.4% for CRY-019 at 661 keV, have been measured. The intrinsic component of the energy resolution has been esteemed for all three scintillators. An intrinsic detection efficiency of about 45% at 122 keV for CRY-018 and 14% at 661 keV for CRY-019 has been measured. Compared with LaBr3:Ce efficiency, which is highly deteriorated by the coating required by the hygroscopicity, CRY-018 and CRY-019 are really interesting considering that these two samples are only 6 mm thick. Crytur's crystals seem to be suitable for nuclear medicine applications.

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IOP PUBLISHING LTD , 2016. Vol. 11, article id P09010
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Gamma detectors (scintillators, CZT, HPG, HgI etc), Scintillators, scintillation and light emission processes (solid, gas and liquid scintillators), Spectrometers
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-197793DOI: 10.1088/1748-0221/11/09/P09010ISI: 000387862300010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85014665660OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-197793DiVA, id: diva2:1060126
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Available from: 2016-12-27 Created: 2016-12-08 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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