6 March 2013 Measurements of a dual-energy fast photon counting CdTe detector with integrated charge sharing correction
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Proceedings Volume 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging; 86680P (2013) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2007892
Event: SPIE Medical Imaging, 2013, Lake Buena Vista (Orlando Area), Florida, United States
Photon counting detectors offer some unique features for x-ray imaging. If designed correctly, photon counting detectors have no readout noise and no dark counts. This is an important feature in for example low dose CT imaging where the total dose is distributed over a large number of projections from different angles. In addition to this it is also possible to incorporate pulse height discrimination of each photon event, thus enabling the recording of images from multiple energy intervals in a single exposure. We demonstrate the performance of a newly developed dual-energy fast photon counting detector with 100μm pixel size that can be read out up to 1000fps. It consists of a three side buttable ASIC that is bump bonded to a CdTe converter. The very high conversion efficiency of CdTe makes the detector suitable for a wide range of applications requiring high spatial resolution at low doses. The efficiency of the detector is maintained all the way out to the edge of the chip which opens up the possibility to build larger detectors still fulfilling medical requirements. The novel detector incorporates a charge sharing correction feature and the effect of this function is demonstrated using the DQE measurements for different spectra as well as with spectrum reconstruction from Cd109 and Am241 radioactive sources. We show that this charge sharing correction feature affects the properties of NPS and MTF, and the energy resolution is greatly enhanced. Measurements are also compared to a simulation model for the detector system.
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Christer Ullberg, Christer Ullberg, Mattias Urech, Mattias Urech, Niclas Weber, Niclas Weber, Anders Engman, Anders Engman, Anna Redz, Anna Redz, Fredrik Henckel, Fredrik Henckel, "Measurements of a dual-energy fast photon counting CdTe detector with integrated charge sharing correction", Proc. SPIE 8668, Medical Imaging 2013: Physics of Medical Imaging, 86680P (6 March 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2007892; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2007892

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