25 April 2000 Compact gamma-ray probe for breast imaging based on a 5-inch PSPMT and a single NaI crystal scintillator
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Scintimammography is a promising technique for breast cancer detection. Scintimammography uses radiotracer containing 99mTc that emits 140 keV gamma photons. We developed a small field of view gamma ray imaging probe called IRIS. A possible application of this probe is scintimammography. IRIS is composed by a single NaI(Tl) scintillator coupled to a 5 inch round PSPMT. In order to optimize compromise between resolution and detection efficiency, we developed a Monte Carlo code modeling light transport in NaI crystals. The thickness of the scintillator (4 mm) was optimized for 99mTc imaging. We also designed a high-resolution collimator with a 35 mm thickness and 1.7 mm hole diameter. Detection efficiency of the crystal is 65% at 140 keV. IRIS shows a 2.5 mm global spatial resolution in contact. Energy and spatial corrections allow a +/- 5% uniformity and an energy resolution better than 10% at 140 keV. IRIS has a 10 cm field of view and a 13 cm external diameter at the entrance face. The small size of the detector head allows placing the detector close to the breast, improving global spatial resolution. The high-resolution gamma ray imaging probe IRIS shows physical characteristics well suited for 99mTc breast imaging.
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Laurent Fagot, Laurent Fagot, Michel Parmentier, Michel Parmentier, Annie Pousse, Annie Pousse, Christophe Dornier, Christophe Dornier, Bruno Kastler, Bruno Kastler, "Compact gamma-ray probe for breast imaging based on a 5-inch PSPMT and a single NaI crystal scintillator", Proc. SPIE 3977, Medical Imaging 2000: Physics of Medical Imaging, (25 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384497; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.384497


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