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8 March 2012 Evaluation of an ultra-fast photon-counting energy-resolved ASIC for spectral CT
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We have developed an ultra-fast photon-counting energy-resolved application specific integrated circuit (ASIC) for spectral computed tomography (CT). A comprehensive characterization has been carried out to investigate the performance of the ASIC in terms of energy resolution under different photon flux rates and the count rate linearity in photon-counting mode. An energy resolution of 4.7 % has been achieved for 59.5 keV low flux photons. The count rate performance of the ASIC was measured with 120 kVp polychromatic x-rays. The results indicate that the count rate linearity can be kept for a flux rate up to 150 Mphotons s-1 mm-2 with retained energy information, and this value is increased to be 250 Mphotons s-1 mm-2 in photon-counting mode.
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Cheng Xu, Moa Yveborg, Han Chen, Mats Danielsson, Staffan Karlsson, Christer Svensson, and Hans Bornefalk "Evaluation of an ultra-fast photon-counting energy-resolved ASIC for spectral CT", Proc. SPIE 8313, Medical Imaging 2012: Physics of Medical Imaging, 83130Y (8 March 2012);

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