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6 May 2004 PbO as direct conversion x-ray detector material
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A flat X-ray detector with lead oxide (PbO) as direct conversion material has been developed. The material lead oxide, which has a very high X-ray absorption, was analysed in detail including Raman spectroscopy and electron microscopy. X-ray performance data such as dark current, charge yield and temporal behaviour were evaluated on small functional samples. A process to cover a-Si TFT-plates with PbO has been developed. We present imaging results from a large detector with an active area of 18 × 20 cm2. The detector has 1080 × 960 pixels with a pixel pitch of 184 μm. The linearity of detector response was verified. The NPS was determined with a total dark noise as low as 1800 electrons/pixel. The MTF was measured with two different methods: first with the analysis of a square wave phantom and second with a narrow slit. The MTF at the Nyquist frequency of 2.72 lp/mm was 50 %. We calculated first DQE values of our prototype detector plates. Full size images of anatomic and technical phantoms are shown.
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Matthias Simon, Ronald A. Ford, Anthony R. Franklin, Stefan P. Grabowski, Bernd Menser, Gerd Much, Augusto Nascetti, Michael Overdick, Martin John Powell, and Detlef U. Wiechert "PbO as direct conversion x-ray detector material", Proc. SPIE 5368, Medical Imaging 2004: Physics of Medical Imaging, (6 May 2004);


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