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18 December 2000 Integrated CT-SPECT system for small-animal imaging
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We are developing a scanner for simultaneous acquisition of x-ray computed tomography (CT) and single photon emission tomography (SPECT) images of small animals such as mice and rats. The scanner uses a cone beam geometry for both the x- ray transmission and gamma emission projections by using an area x-ray detector and pinhole collimator, respectively. The CT and SPECT data set are overlaid to form a coregistered structural-functional 3D image. The CT system includes a single CCD-based x-ray detector and a microfocus x-ray source. The SPECT scanner utilizes tungsten pinhole collimators and arrays of CsI(Tl) scintillation detectors. We describe considerations and the early performance of a prototype scanner.
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