Collimatorless imaging of gamma rays with help of gamma-ray tracking
2001 (English)In: Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment, ISSN 0168-9002, Vol. 471, no 02-jan, 276-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In many gamma-ray detector systems that are built for imaging purposes Compton scattered photons are suppressed as much as possible. However, the information from photons that scattered inside a detector system can be used to reconstruct the tracks of the photons with help of gamma-ray tracking. Estimates of the incident directions of the photons can be made and an image can be created. Examples of potential applications for this technique are the use as a gamma-camera in medical imaging (e.g. SPECT) or as a detector for PET. Due to the omission of collimators, much higher detection efficiencies can be achieved, reducing the doses required for an image. A gamma-ray tracking method, called backtracking, has been developed for nuclear spectroscopy. The method tracks gamma-rays originating from a point source in the center of a spherical detector system consisting of position-sensitive germanium detectors. This method can also be used as a tracking technique for imaging of an unknown source distribution. With help of Monte Carlo simulations the method has been investigated for simple test cases with one or two planar detectors and one or two point sources. The results-show that the sources can be located accurately in three dimensions.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001. Vol. 471, no 02-jan, 276-280 p.
tracking, gamma-ray imaging, Compton imaging, backtracking
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-20969ISI: 000171206500054OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-20969DiVA: diva2:339666
QC 201005252010-08-102010-08-10Bibliographically approved